Benitez Congratulates The Players, Fans And City For Job Well Done – And For Sticking Together


After putting a game plan together that got Newcastle our fourth win in a row this afternoon and the first against Arsenal in eight years Rafa seems relatively happy after the game today.

After the 2-1 win Rafa and the players walked around the ground celebrating the great achievement that we had reached 41 points and in fact, we now have a decent chance to get to 8th place if we can keep up our good form in the final five games that are left to play.

Rafa paid tribute to the players, the city and the fans for sticking together this season through thick and thin.

Kenedy with Rafa Benitez after the fabulous win today

And although it’s been thick for the last few months, it was very thin when we went nine games with just one point.

This is what the Newcastle hero – also known as the Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez said after the game today:

“People dreamed we could do this, this season. But we had to stay awake in order to do it.”

“We’re really pleased to achieve this. It has been a difficult season. We deserve to be where we are.”

“I think we are safe with 41 points. It’s a massive achievement for the players, the city and the fans. I want to congratulate everyone.”

“Today we didn’t play amazing football because we played an amazing team but you have to manage how you play and compete for the win.”

When the final whistle blew this afternoon, it was a culmination of success the club and surviving a tough first season back in England’s top league.

But as long as we have Rafa in charge of the club, we are sure he can take us from success to success.

Absolutely certain about that!

It’s a fantastic feeling of success and achievement after the win today – many thanks for that Rafa.

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59 comments so far

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 15, 2018 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #1

    Did anyone else see these two joking on the pitch afterwards. It was almost like rafa was saying “you know you could get used to this!”. I definitely could.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #3

    I’ll spare the repost.

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  • toonbrother

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #4

    Without lascelles we conceded 15 goals in 5 games
    With lascelles we’ve conceded 28 goals in 28 games
    Tells you everything really

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #5

    lochinvar

    ferry and roxy music are awesome. should be a great night.

    ronaldo

    great minds think alike. exactly what i thought.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #6

    Rotonda
    I guess we can quote a very popular former manager then, “thank god we never qualified for Europe” 😉

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  • toonbrother

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #7

    The only thing that worries me is what happens if lascelles gets injured again
    Would we go into free fall mode again?
    Lejeune has come on leaps and bounds in the second half of this season so maybe we wouldn’t miss him as much

    1
  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #8

    sorry rotonda i realise you were talking about my post on kenedy and not the europe part i mentioned last thread.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #9

    Great result.
    Great performance.
    Great Goals.
    Eventually beat Arsenal after many years.
    Confidence booster.
    Safety.
    To cap it off Agent Cob is an Arsenal fan – up yours Jezza.

    https://twitter.com/jeremycorbyn/status/868567732027052034

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #10

    Blimey Ed the bus must be running on fumes! 🙂

    Repost.
    Cos as with Vask I think my opinions are a really valuable asset to the blog. 😉

    Eds bus is rattling along I’ve missed 3 of them, has he stopped now?

    First post match chance I’ve had to get on blog as my son and grandaughter have just invited themselves over for tea so all hands to the pumps to do something for them.
    🙂

    MOM for me Perez, brilliant goal and a great assist.

    We won despite the ref given 70% at least decisions in their favour as I mentioned earlier and which others have mentioned since.

    And is it just me but did all of the loose balls and rebounds always go to an Arsenal player and don’t anyone say it’s down to harder work cos we easily outworked them.

    And Jib I’m a pacifist, most of the time anyway! 🙂

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  • hibbit

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #11

    proud to be a geordie today
    the crowd were amazing today 100% support from start to finish even when we went one down they stayed with the team great performance and a well deserved 3 points`
    these are the days you go for well done one and all
    great team effort
    just loved it

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #12

    Thats what I wonder about next season. If lascelles gets injured for a period we dont have anyone to come in for him. Either Mbemba or clarke will be sold this summer I reckon, likely mbemba. I think Lejuene and Clarke are both good to compete. I think defensive reinforcement needs to be made by adding someone who will offer what lascelles does to the backline, preferably with experience. The partnership of lascelles and lejuene needs to be developed further and should be our no1 pairing.

    3
  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #13

    Southgate surely must have a look at Shelvey and Lascelles – especially if they continue their current form.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #14

    By the way did anyone watch Henry gritting his teeth as he tried to explain how the Arsenal defenders failed to stop our 2nd goal. lmao 🙂

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #15

    Surely I love toon 8976 or whatever must be ashamed of himself. And what’s happened to catchy.

    2
  • hibbit

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #16

    Jail for Ashley
    what’s he said today ????????

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #17

    He predicted a 0-4 defeat at the start of the game.

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  • hibbit

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #18

    THINK I’VE FOUND IT

    ilovetoon8788

    Apr 15, 2018 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #36
    I think lacazette iwobi and aubamayeng upfront will be too much for us.

    Newcastle 0 arsenal 4.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #19

    Wow
    Great result in the sun at St James’s lads battled if their lives depended on it.
    Great atmosphere all game.
    Well done Rafa, players and supporters.
    Under the cosh first half – Arsenal played some lovely football but usual Arsenal waste chances galore and when we got in their faces became niggly and argumentative.
    Diame was immense today from start to finish and in the last ten minutes when the rest of the team were wilting he fought for and won nearly every ball.

    Diven’t kna what the Toon watered the pitch with but players were slipping all-over the place first half.

    Merit marks
    Dubravka 7 – had decent game nothing much to do tho like last week flapped at a cross.
    Dummett 7 – did well but got over-run at times they got around the back of him but stuck to his task with some great last ditch tackles
    LeJuene 7 – another excellent game some of his long passing was superb but caught in possession a couple of times.
    Lascalles 7 – Decent game and got in some last minute tackles blocks but looked a bit lethargic today
    Yedlin 7 – had loads to do and acres to cover and left isolated to many ties by his midfield today
    Ritchie 8 – great winning goal battled all day and got in some great blocks
    Diame 10 – Man he was brilliant except for one slip which nearly cost a goal – but his work rate tackling running in the last 15 minutes was superb.
    Shelvey 8 – Another excellent display with superb passing first half second half didn’t have as much room and was forced to play a more defensive game
    Kenedy 7 – not at his best today got caught in possession to many times but stuck to his task and nearly scored when hitting the bar with a deflected shot. Ran out of steam last ten minutes – suprised he was not substituted
    Perez 9 – put in a hell of a lot of work today with his running and closing down of their defenders. Showed some ball skills and clever flicks one of which led to our winning goal and dribbles today – top it off with a superb strike
    Gayle 7 – got into some great positions but needs a goal. His running and closing down of their defenders cannot be faulted.
    When Gayle and Perez both went off we let Arsenal defenders more space and time on the ball
    Slimani 6 – laid on second goal with his header to Perez who’s flick set up Ritchie – still looks a bit off the pace – hopefully when gets up to speed will be a great asset.
    Joselu and Murphy not on long enough

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #20

    According to the two lads on Talk Sport, Dwight Gayle has sixteen goals this year and Arsenal handed us three points.

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  • Reilly

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #21

    youngest squad in the prem.all rafa has to do is get a few in this summer that will push us on.

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #22

    Southgate’s got his number, he’s taking him to Russia.

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  • Jib

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #23

    I wish I was a ref
    If Jesse Lingard came screaming in my face
    like that – I’d deck the little scrote

    3
  • Jib

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #24

    flippin heck
    ManYoo 0 – WBA 1

    2
  • Reilly

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #25

    west brom 1 up

    1
  • Pottsclock

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #26

    ManUre 0-1 WBA lol
    Manure have been pathetic all match

    1
  • Ron Knee

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #27

    Well, well, well!

    1
  • Jib

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #28

    WBA
    Have to keep on Darren Moore
    when they go down
    The players clearly play for him

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #29

    What a shame we have Spurs away or I could see us winning every game from k ow until the end of the season.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #30

    not sure about clarke

    yes we do better with lascelles playing, but equally seemingly we do when clarke isn’t.

    Lejeune has been fantastic and some of his long passes were Hoddlesque today. Can play it out far better than Clarke.

    2
  • Dennis Twice

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #31

    Attack Toon attack, attack!

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #32

    And this pearl is from a self proclaimed intelligent poster.

    Munster Mag

    Aug 10, 2017 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #26
    Part of the problem is that Rafa is a bit like Sam allardyce. Likes to dabble in the market and feels he can improve players. But often he doesn’t.

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  • Jib

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #33

    If Romelu Lukaku is worth an initial £75 million,
    plus £15 million in add-ons
    Ayoze Perez must be worth £50 million

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #34

    Jib,
    A player is only worth what someone’s willing to pay. I think Perez lacks that extra quality to be a 50M player.

    1
  • Pottsclock

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #35

    Jib…and how much was Pogba?

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  • Jib

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #36

    Swathes of empty seats at Old Trafford
    It resembles the Stadium of Plight

    2
  • Jib

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #37

    Man City Champions because the Red shite
    lost to a relegated team
    I’m loving this
    How are SkySports going to cover this ?

    2
  • Pottsclock

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #38

    Let’s see who Mourinho blames for this one.

    1
  • Jib

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #39

    The lads beat Arsenal at Home
    The Falcons win vs Sale
    Sunlun turn a win into a draw
    ManYoo play like twats
    If Carlsberg did weekends
    😀

    12
  • Shoulders knees

    Apr 15, 2018 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #40

    Well done lads, great 3 pts, still have an unopened bottle of lagavulin waiting for takeover to be done? could be 20 year old by then?

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