Rafa Benitez – We Missed Some Chances – But We Cannot Complain

Newcastle won 2-1 at the King Power Stadium, but the final scoreline doesn’t adequately reflect how Newcastle took this game by the scruff of the neck from the first whistle with Shelvey and Diame dominant in midfield

We were 2-0 up with excellent goals from Jonjo Shelvey(18 mins)  and Ayoze Perez (75 mins) before Jamie Vardy, who had been kept quiet all game,  got a consolation goal with six minutes to play.

That was Leicester’s first shot on target all game.

Ayoze Perez scores by lobbing the ball over goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel

A cross came in from the left wing and a Leicester player was allowed to head the ball down well inside the six-yard box to Vardy, who smashed the ball home.

Maybe goalkeeper Martin Dubravka should have come to collect the ball.

He did that a few times after the goal and was commanding at the of the game.

Rafa was pleased after the game but stressed the job is still not done and we still need a couple of points to get to 40 points for the season:

“It was amazing, the effort of the players, the way they were working, creating chances and the connection with the fans, who were amazing too.”

“Leicester are always dangerous, they have the players who can hurt you, but we had three or four counter-attacks where we could have done better.”

“You cannot complain. We are closer to safety but we have to carry on.”

“We are nearly safe, but we have to carry on.”

Newcastle are becoming a dangerous counter-attacking team, but again, just like last week against Huddersfield, we missed a few chances that would have made it a more comfortable win.

But we are not complaining since our lads were simply fantastic yesterday and every player ran their socks off for the cause.

You cannot ask for more than that.

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11 comments so far

  • Optimistic Panda

    Apr 8, 2018 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #1

    Is funny how desperate most were to see Slimani when we signed him, we’re now virtually safe and if you’d blinked you would’ve missed him.

    So he’s got 6 games to get on the pitch and show us what he can do.

    I’d like to see him get a hour against Arsenal but I don’t think Gayle deserves to be dropped.
    I don’t think Rafa will change this winning side so Slimani maybe on the bench for a while yet.

  • Veltman

    Apr 8, 2018 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #2

    Bambams – nice name by the way and nope,not having a pop at you.I am well aware you are a nice bloke.There is no need to accept or give apologizes.I Just gave mine on the situation what to believe or not to believe.Wish you a good day and happy Easter.

  • Slank

    Apr 8, 2018 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #3

    Before the game I didn’t see a win. But as soon as the game started it was all there to see. The tactics of sitting deep denied Vardy and Mahrez the space they need with their pace to punish us as they have done to many teams. Well done Rafa. Spot on tactics.

    Apart from the goals the most pleasing part of the game was a bit of 1960s nostalgia with four or five crunching absolutely fair tackles within a minute of each other from our lads, even Perez. Absolute total commitment.

    There now appears to be a collective confidence from all the players. Other teams have good players, some better than ours, but we have that confidence and the fear of relegation removed which others still have which will drag them down. We on the other hand look like good bets for more wins.

    On what’s all this crap from the pundits that we are a Championship team ?


  • Bambams

    Apr 8, 2018 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #4


    Cheers for that, same to you fella

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 8, 2018 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #5

    Slank, the ‘Championship team’ comes from the fact that as often as not, we start or finish with basically the same team Rafa assembled to get promoted mate. Unlike other clubs who have spent an arm and a leg assembling expensive teams.
    All it shows is what an amazing job Rafa has done in not just keeping us up, but keeping us up comfortably.
    The players we do have with PL experience are mainly those part of the team that got relegated.
    It’s not an insult mate, it’s a compliment to Rafa. Just imagine what he can do if he’s backed in the summer. Mouth watering.

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 8, 2018 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #6

    Slank, I know the minute or so you’re talking about, the lads got in there hard and fair, was brilliant to watch.

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 8, 2018 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #7

    Veltman, I think your comment came over as a little harsh, so fair play for clarifying.

    Personally, I have no special insight into the club, lawyers, the City or Middle East business, so I’m all ears. If the likes of Shire, Hibbit, Bambams, Sparky55, Dubai Micky and others hear any nuggets, please share them here, there are plenty who would appreciate it even if it’s just speculation, just as we appreciated your insights before Christmas.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 8, 2018 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #8

    Leicester aren’t a bad team, we made them look distinctly average yesterday.

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 8, 2018 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #9

    Jail I think Leicester are a good team. They gave us a real doing at st James . Rafa can only do so much without proper investment and I don’t think yesterday was have happened without the loanees. More money spent on pace and power will help us and refine what he is doing. A seriously quick right winger and striker will help so much. Also losing shelvey to injury was cause a major issue although I love merino. Great day out for u fella!

  • lesh

    Apr 8, 2018 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #10


    Can you really see the likes of Shire, Hibbet, Dubai, Sparky, Bambams et al sharing insights? I can’t and the reasons for that are that they were panned as ITKs who weren’t in the know after Ashley aborted talks with PCP because he felt the media was too well informed for his liking.

    So, all in all, don’t expect any credible insights.

  • sphinxhunter

    Apr 9, 2018 at 3:30 AM

    Comment #11

    I think Vardy did NUFC a favour – that goal reminded the players that no game is won until the final whistle – Dummett had become a little sloppy, Dubravka had started to sit back, even Lascelles and Lejeune had started to ball watch – the game sparked Leicester up, but it sparked NUFC up as well – a timely reminder (thanks Rafa) that safety isn’t assured until the fat mathematician sings.


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