Rafa After The Game – Salomon Rondon Still Not Fully Fit

Newcastle fans saw what we hope is the real Salomon Rondon today as he scored two good goals in the first half and had chances to make it a hat-trick in the second half.

Now we can understand why Salomon was Rafa’s number one transfer target last summer.

It’s just a pity we could not have got him in a couple of months earlier had owner Mike Ashley been willing the £16.5M in his relegation release clause at West Brom.

We wonder how many points that has cost Newcastle this season – the Newcastle hierarchy knows nothing about football – they have proved that so many times before.

So they need to start listening to Rafa who wanted Rondon in much earlier than when he finally arrived in the final week of the window and he was not fit.

Here’s what Rafa – shown above on the touchline today – said after the game:

“We knew that they would be difficult because they have had good form and are doing well. We have to give credit to our players, they were very good.”

“They gave everything and the atmosphere was good.”

“We have done well in some games but that was one of the best mentalities and the way we competed for the ball.”

“Salomon Rondon did well, he has to improve his fitness but he was working well and trying to fight the defenders. He shows what he can do and is giving us something different.”

They changed their play in the second half so we had to change ours and they were losing players to a few knocks.”

“We did well, they have pace and ability up front but we had to take chances and finish the game.”

We started really well, on the front foot, scored two goals. The goal we conceded gave them some confidence.”

“After losing three players in the last game, we have to give credit to this group because they reacted really well and, I think, deserved the points.”

Bottom line today – a second great win in a row.

Winning is happiness.

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91 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 10, 2018 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #1

    Got to be in with a chance for goal of the season.

  • BenbulbenMag

    Nov 10, 2018 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #2

    Great win and a breath of fresh air not to have the usual idiots on wasting good oxygen.

  • Our Toon

    Nov 10, 2018 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #3


    It’s good to debate this type thing rather than discussing defeats. Another good weekend and more importantly a good way to go into international break!!

  • Jib

    Nov 10, 2018 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #4

    Not trying to be controversial
    after last weeks game it was reported
    that Muto’s calf injury was minor.

    It occurred to me when the remembrance stuff
    was going on pre-match if he’d been sidelined
    because he’s Japanese.

  • G

    Nov 10, 2018 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #5

    No kidding hes not fit. A gastric band wouldn’t go amiss. He did have a cracking game though. I won’t begrudge him a trip to greggs tonight, but still think he ought to stop dodging the salad.

  • Jib

    Nov 10, 2018 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #6

    Spurs goal almost identical with Bournemouth’s

  • ronaldo aarons

    Nov 10, 2018 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #7

    Did anyone catch that ball by Perez to kenedy in first half? What a ball, weight, pace and timing absolutely spot on. Kenedy one two, just didn’t get quite enough on the ball to put past keeper.

  • Our Toon

    Nov 10, 2018 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #8


    I highly doubt it has anything to do with that mate, not even sure why you’ve bought it up go be honest

  • Jib

    Nov 10, 2018 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #9

    G you are wrong
    Friends who have met him say he
    could make a cracking Rugby flanker.

    He’s slimmed down from his WBA time
    He’s just a big unit

  • G

    Nov 10, 2018 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #10

    My only criticism of the game today was Rondons yellow. I completely understand his anguish, however, his retaliation was a bit of a stupid

  • G

    Nov 10, 2018 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #11

    As a former Union blindside flanker I can assure you I don’t need Sherlock Holmes to provide the words ‘Fact Hunt’.

  • Jib

    Nov 10, 2018 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #12

    Our Toon
    I highly doubt it has anything to do with that mate, not even sure why you’ve bought it up

    Neither was I

    as I say it was just a daft passing thought as I watched the buglers
    I had an uncle who had a hell of a time in Changi (he was captured
    in Singapore) and he jumped into my mind watching the remembrance
    the Japs did stuff he could never forgive – but the world has moved on I guess

  • Our Toon

    Nov 10, 2018 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #13


    He was angry but what he showed more than anything was the red mist didn’t take over, cook had no intention of playing the ball and just hacked him down. Mitro would have got sent off in the same situ.

    Yes Rondon got booked but he kept his composure and didn’t do anything daft, it’s good to see him fight though and have that temperament, I’d rather see that in our forward than someone who would be intimated by something like

  • Our Toon

    Nov 10, 2018 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #14


    Yes it’s defo moved on, apart from certain areas in Japan where the Atom bomb still has an impact on people.

    Anyway wonderful 3 points and thankfully spurs are winning aswell

  • Our Toon

    Nov 10, 2018 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #15

    Debuchy scores for st etienne

  • G

    Nov 10, 2018 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #16

    The ref was already going in his pocket Our Toon, but Rondon got in his face, and if Cook milked that, as we have seen many a footballer over the years, he could have risked a red. I agree a player needs some fire in the belly, but that was just unneeded.

  • toon22

    Nov 10, 2018 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #17

    JIB and his usual high standards on the blog lol
    About as popular as Mike Ashley

    Hiya KBA

  • Jib

    Nov 10, 2018 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #18

    That Andros Townsend is crap

  • Jib

    Nov 10, 2018 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #19

    toon 22 send me your bank details and I’ll forward the £9.21
    for the bus to Shirebrook

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 10, 2018 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #20

    I suppose that Hayden did buoy up the defence but I don’t remember him actually doing anything, anyone else think that?

  • Bobbybee

    Nov 10, 2018 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #21

    G, he doesn’t waste that weight though matey, he was bouncing their defenders all over the park. Aye, he could lose a few pounds but he’s just naturally a big bloke. He can carry that weight which is what matters. For a big bloke he’s not exactly slow over twenty yards. Granted he tired, but he’s not fit yet mate and when he is we’ve got a real player. Old fashioned centre forward. Nothing was going to stop him getting on the end of that cross for sure. I Really wanted him to get his hattrick and he came close.
    When he’s a bit fitter with an extra yard of pace he will cause problems for any defence. I can see him and Muto striking up a real positive partnership, because Muto never stops running and will get on those flicks better than Perez does. Schar and Fernandez will keep Lascelles out if they carry on like this. Our centre back options must be amongst the best in the league. Four real quality players in Lascelles, Lejeune, Fernandez and Schar, perm any two from four and you can’t go wrong.
    Dummett another solid display and Ki creative again.
    Like to see Ki and Shelvey when fit at home, maybe 433 with Diame? Or just the two of them together might work.
    Plenty of positives from today chaps, only Ritchie worrying me personally. He leaves Yedders exposed far too often but they can work on that I’m sure. Maybe bring Murphy in if Ritchie can’t cover better?
    Nice little cameo from Atsu today. Looked more like he has done in the past and nearly capped it with a goal. He’s not been the same player since his operation but these things take time.
    All in all I reckon a decent 7.5/10 today for giving it 100% and beating what is, in all fairness, a very good Bournemouth side. I actually fancy three in a row at Burnley after the horribly annoying international break. (Or is it just me?) Go away, come back injury free and onwards and upwards.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 10, 2018 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #22

    Going out time, later.

  • G

    Nov 10, 2018 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #23

    Can’t argue there EGB.

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 10, 2018 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #24

    Good result. When rafa gets the counter attacking pace on the right wing and up front and possibly in the middle we will be an awkward team to beat.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 10, 2018 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #25

    Another battling performance not pretty at times but we never gave in.

    Rondon was immense today.

    Started off well but could of been behind first minute for not a brilliant challenge from Ferdanez who had another excellent gam.

    Played well until we score our second then seem to drop back and let bournemouth dictate until the last five minutes of first half could of went in 3-0 but for a brilliant save from Begovic who pulled of some excellent saves throughout the game – then we switched off gave a stupid foul away cover and 2-1

    Second like a cup tie first half hour both teams attacking going for a extra goal until we seemed to run out of steam and were pegged back. Bournemouth cam a bit one dimensional at the end tho with balls into the box and pity Rondon did not get his hat-trick at the end with a quick counter attack.

    Somehow we have got to sort out the Yedlin Ritchie partnership on our right as time and time again we gave so much space to the opposition which teams are now targeting.

    Ki and Schar both had good games and seem to be a lot more mobile and want to go forward more than Shelvey and Lascalles. Like to see Shelvey and Ki partnered sometime

    merit marks
    Dubravka 7 – Did well and pulled of a couple of brilliant saves – distribution good also
    Dummett 7 – much underrated by a lot of people – was excellent today – nowt got past him all game.
    Fernandez 8 – Another great match bossed it all game and put in a couple of goal saving tackles – proving a bargain – good on the ball.
    Schar 7 – excellent all-round game and some beautiful balls out of defence likes to carry the ball and pass – great to see.
    No or very little sideways backward balls from the above partnership
    Yedlin 6.5 great run and pass for first goal and going forward but with Ritchie left with far to much to do and gives the opposition winger far to much space.
    Ritchie 5 – thought he was poor today – yes a lot of running, but passing wayward and does not cover the runner leaving Yedlin far to much area/players to cover
    Diame 7 – getting better game by game great chip ball for Yedlin run onto and cross for first goal. did his job of breaking up opposition play and given but tends to foul to many times.
    Kenedy 8 – another excellent game getting better as season goes on ran himself into the ground and brilliant ball for Rondon’s header.
    Ki 8 – started the move for first goal with delightful cross field ball to Kenedy – ran himself into the ground – covered every inch of the pitch.
    Perez 7 – never stops working but did n’t look like scoring tho should of done better with the chance he had end of first half.
    Rondon 9.5 – ad I said like a First world war Tank last week one Gera slow turning – BUT this week the Tank found its gears its gun and movement a all-round old fashioned centre forwards display held play up up front hard to knock of the ball ran all game capped it off with two goals – would of given him 10 had he scored his hat-trick.

    Atsu 6 – better from him pulled a great save out of Begovic from curling shot
    Hayden 5 – didn’t see him when on but blended in did nothing wrong
    Clark 5 – helped to shore up our defence at the end when we were under pressure at end

    Rafa 8 subs spot on did not have much to go with and could of brought any of half a dozen off as some were running on empty at the end.

    Crowd 10 – getting back to the old times with more noise from all corners of the ground – brilliant

    All in all and with the results going for us another great day for the TOON

  • G

    Nov 10, 2018 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #26

    One of my best mates from my old Army days is a staunch Burnley fan. He’s just offered me a 50 quid a goal bet on the next fixture. Do I take it? Discuss

  • Pottsclock

    Nov 10, 2018 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #27

    Didn’t I read that Muto’s wife is about to give birth, hence he’s back in Japan?

  • lesh

    Nov 10, 2018 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #28


    There’s one thing for sure, that ‘daft passing thought’ wouldn’t have been alone! You must have more than than anyone!

  • Jib

    Nov 10, 2018 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #29

    I have a round thing that I’m supposed to
    throw at an athletics meeting – discus

  • lesh

    Nov 10, 2018 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #30

    And, speaking of daft passing thoughts and assuming,Ashley was at the match, I wonder if he congratulated Rafa on signing Rondon, a player too old for Ashley’s preferred profile?

    For some reason, I can’t see humble pie being one of Ashley’s favourite dishes.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Nov 10, 2018 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #31

    A bit like allasane plea who scored a hatrick today. Stick him in today’s performance and Bournemouth could have been hit for 4/5 with their high line.

  • G

    Nov 10, 2018 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #32

    When I said that, what I really meant was for bloggers who have an opinion that matters. I should have specified that.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Nov 10, 2018 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #33

    Got to say, I have absolutely rated yedlin this season. Made errors but every full back will get beat at some point in the game. He really is turning in to a fine full back.

  • Bambams

    Nov 10, 2018 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #34

    Just got back in and a little worse for it…..

    You know what it is this club is bloody unique. Only at our Cathedral could you generate at atmosphere like today- both good AND bad

    For those knockers about Woe Rafa…..Have another look.

    In my opinion- respect others ‘respectful views’

    Also the refereeing of the England v All Blacks ‘ Courtney was inside and the ball was off the ground ‘
    (Spoiled what would of been my ultimate day)

    ENJOY MOTD !!!!!!!

  • Bobbybee

    Nov 10, 2018 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #35

    G, you want a goal’s grace as they’re at home mate, then take it on. 🙂 Good bet if he’ll give you that goal Freeby. You can return it in the second game and win twice mate. Surely he’ll agree to that? Let’s be honest, home team advantage shouldn’t result in the same odds. They’re at home, he should happily give you one head start then you do the same up here.
    You asked for opinions so there’s mine my friend. He can only say no. 😉

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Nov 10, 2018 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #36


    Contrary to most posts during the match which only criticised him, Perez was probably our most creative player on the day.

    Put Kenedy in with a sublime 1-2 for our best chance aside from the 2 goals.

    Picked out Ritchie early in the 2nd half who shot wide from penalty spot under pressure.

    Released Kenedy for a counter which he messed up by taking a heavy touch when faced with the last man.

    His close control and ball retention was much better today too, his pass selection and execution was good all game – the 1-2 with Ki in the 2nd half and then setting Ritchie away who crossed for Rondon was a really nice bit of play, shame Rondon didn’t connect like he did with his first header as it would’ve been a great team goal.

    Lots of fluid attacks on the whole today. Encouraging.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 10, 2018 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #37

    Great result, it was 1-0 when I went back out to graft, couldn’t listen to the second half either so looking forward to .co.uk highlights on Monday, unless anyone has got a link to a couple of minutes worth now. So Rondon is just the striker we’re looking for, what a shame his price will go up around 7M pounds if he does well this season, leaving Mikey having to pay 23M+ for a 30 year old stiker.

  • Jib

    Nov 10, 2018 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #38

    Venezuela play a friendly next Friday evening in
    Oita on Kyushu island vs Japan then the following
    Tuesday vs Iran in a stadium to be decided
    both matches are friendlies.
    Rafa please please please put your foot down

  • Our Toon

    Nov 10, 2018 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #39


    Has grown this season has yedlin, proper modern day attacking fullback, more of a threat down the right than Ritchie is.

    The issue he has is that defensively I don’t think Ritchie offers him enough in way of support. At least it seems that way, I’d have a better idea if I went back to being a season ticket holder though as the view can be distorted on the telly.

  • G

    Nov 10, 2018 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #40

    Bobby, I’m tempted mate. But Xmas is looming, kids want the latest Nintendostationbox one each, and the missus wants perfume which costs more than fresh unicorn steaks. I’m genuinely torn on this one.


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