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Benitez’ Positive Post-Match Sunderland Interview – Video

Here is one of Rafa Benitez’ interviews after yesterday’s vital 1-1 draw at home to Sunderland, when we came back well in the second half and equalized through a great header from the hero – Aleksandar  Mitrovic.

That was after we were very poor in the first half and it’s not at all how Rafa wanted the team to play – but he fixed things up at half time so we were a lot better in that second half.

Rafa continues to believe he has the players to survive relegation – and at the end of this interview he assures fans after they gave him a great reception, filled the stadium and supported the team throughout – that he will do his very best for them in every game.


In Rafa We Trust

71 comments so far

  • Jib

    Mar 21, 2016 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #1

    I had a feeling about 10 minutes into the game if we could hold on until halftime that Rafa would sort it out .
    I also thought exactly the same as Shearer that give Defoe more than a couple of chances he will punish you.

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Mar 21, 2016 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #2

    I was one of the few people who voted on a draw as the result.

    We cannot score goals and are playing with no purpose, they cannot finish teams off and are playing away from home.

    Had a draw written all over.

    I dont see why we insist on playing Mitro alone up front. I think in a genuine setup of capable players yes…currently no.

    I would immediately place a 442 with the following.


    Wini____________De Jong____Shelvey_________Townsend


    Even a 4312



    _____________________Perez/De Jong_________


    Surely with a bit of support the pairing of strikers should def suit us better…We are a terrible counter attach side as we dont have the magic in HBA, nor the accuracy of Cabaye, and the brute aggression and positioning of BA…..

  • Tsunki

    Mar 21, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #3

    Jeff did you also have a feeling that if you drank enough water you’d soon need a wee?

  • optimistic prime

    Mar 21, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #4

    Did Ashley say he’d got the wrong receipe for making our own luck, but he recognises the mistake.

  • Tsunki

    Mar 21, 2016 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #5

    I wonder how many hba detractors would take the arm off someone loaning him to us now? Probably not many. They’d still say he cost us the game when we lose.

  • Tsunki

    Mar 21, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #6

    Optimistic – yep too much glue not enough oil.

  • Average_Contents

    Mar 21, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #7

    Glue you say Tsunki?

    The cnut used spit hoping that’d work.

    Probably penfolds too.

  • U.S Magpie

    Mar 21, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #8

    Why if we are going to do everything possible to stay up is Armstrong still at Coventry? Why also is Mbabu not playing at left back? why is Sissy playing on the wrong wing? why is Aaron not playing on any wing? why do we keep playing Perez as a striker ? Is Tiote injured? Why do we not play Ginny between midfield and the striker?
    Hopefully Rafa is thinking about all these and coming to the same conclusion. We need goals goals and more goals if we have any chance to survive.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Mar 21, 2016 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #9

    It’s unfair to blame Ashley for our fall from being a top 5 team. The main reason we fell from the top was because Bobby Robson left. We were rubbish before he came and went straight back to being a bottom half team when he left. Not to mention Chelsea and Man City getting a helping hand.

    We’ve been selected lousy British managers long before Ashley came, only back in Shepherds day you could get away with it more because every team had a crap British manager.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Mar 21, 2016 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #10


    That 4-3-2-1 looks good and balanced, and if we must play Sissoko then it might as well be left back where he can’t do much worse than the others.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 21, 2016 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #11

    Is it not a bit strange that Lascelles is now every-bodies first choice as CB. Just goes to show that if (Young) players are given a fair chance they can do the biz.

    As I have said a million times, with no exaggeration, is they are good enough they are never to young for the first team. Although if they had to take time off from primary school it may be asking too much.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 21, 2016 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #12

    Is, if.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 21, 2016 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #13

    Are we paying Doubia’s wages?

  • Jib

    Mar 21, 2016 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #14

    The next Mike Williamson
    So right
    Souness Roeder Allardyce
    The 3 Caballeros
    Andaré Andaré
    You listen to Tsunki and the girls and all the shyte started with Ashley.
    Complete bollix

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 21, 2016 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #15

    Three bad choice of managers no doubt but we have not experienced anything like the shite that Ashley has dragged the club through in the PL era, we are a fcukin joke, if we don’t stay up we will break another unwanted record as the most expensive squad ever to be relegated. As for people giving Ashley credit for appointing Benitez it was pure desperation, had we managed two points against Stoke and Bournemouth we’d have been hit for seven in a row by the mackems with Mclaren telling us how well we’d played while grinning like an orangutan after eating lump of crystal meth or going back further we’d have Pardew still here

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 21, 2016 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #16

    talking about players in the building and over the line

  • Jib

    Mar 21, 2016 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #17

    Why has Munster not congratulated us on our fabulous Grand Slam ?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 21, 2016 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #18

    Because this is a soccer blog.

  • check the toastie

    Mar 21, 2016 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #19

    team should be for Norwich


    Nice and solid Wini and jonjo moving ten yards up the pitch, we stay up with this team. Mbemba doing a kirchoff role only more mobile and pacy, can step in and play if needed

  • AncientC

    Mar 21, 2016 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #20

    My only hope should we get relegated, is that the advertising around the stadium is worth more to a paying customer, than it is to Ashley’s percentage of SD.

    If the (free) SD advertising can be separated from the club – that would give the club a better chance of a replacement owner coming in.

    The club in the Premier League with free advertising makes the club worth more now to Ashley than anybody else who would own the club, in its current manifestation that is.

    Were the club suffering in the Championship without the advertising being worth much, that would mean that the club has little value or potential for higher value under Ashley’s ownership. On that basis, there has to come a point where another owner can get more value out of the club, than a failing Ashley can.

    I can see two scenarios where Ashley could sell.

    1. The club is relegated and Ashley’s inability to run the club properly means the club suffers and looks unlikely to come back up. At that point, an ambitious owner or group could see the huge potential that Ashley isn’t able to implement himself, and give Ashley an inflated price for a Championship side based on that potential.

    2. The club stays in the Premier League. With the new TV deal kicking in, Ashley could view this as the best time to sell the club at maximum value – this would be a straight up judgement call. Pros being the potential to hang around in the league and attempt for another decade of free advertising. Cons being the risk factor associated with Ashley’s incompetence when it comes to running a football club.

    Ashley’s quote today describes the problem…

    “I am wedded to Newcastle just like Sports Direct. They’ve got me and I’ve got them, that’s just the way it is.” “We’re stuck with each other.”

    It is not the marriage between owner and club that is the problem… it is the arranged marriage of SD to NUFC that is the true obstacle. Separate one from the other, and the Divorce proceedings wouldn’t be far behind.

    If the club stays up, Ashley would be a fool not to sell in the summer. We are a financial bubble, slowly deflating and waiting to burst under the guidance and management of Ashley.

  • Jib

    Mar 21, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #21

    This was the last team against Norwich
    Janmaat— Mbemba—-Coloccini—-Dummett

  • toonking

    Mar 21, 2016 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #22

    the next mike williamson

    saying it like that, us toon fans are ourselves at fault.
    I believe myself the current slide is just the finishing touches of a very long down fall ever since the loss of sir bobby robson.

    He won’t have remained on the job for as long as now but had we fans kept our mouths shut and waited for the man to retire on his own terms then we might have been able to find that decent manager but no we screamed for the sacking forcing shepard to do a more energercy appointment and ever since that day we’ve continued to go further and further down.

  • beermonkey

    Mar 21, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #23


    if we go down all that will happen is the debt will go up to ashley as he will bank role us to come straight back up


    i dont expect to see tiote in a couple of weeks but townsend and shelvey and depending on injuries anita at left back

  • Bri

    Mar 21, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #24

    Will we beat Norwich?
    Will we stay up? time will tell.
    One thing i do know is that if we do manage to stay up a good few of our players need flung out the door.

  • Moonraker15

    Mar 21, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #25

    It’s not all doom and gloom! If you look at the mackems revival, they’ve won 1 game in the last 10 and Norwich have won 1 in 12 ! There is no evidence that they are going to win games whereas I’m pretty sure we will under Rafa! This could be the start of a great new era for the club! And by the way can’t see Palace pulling away from the bottom!?HWTL cheer up ffs!

  • Thump

    Mar 21, 2016 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #26

    @Moonraker: Playing Newcastle is a good way for Norwich to win 2 in 13, mate.

  • Moonraker15

    Mar 21, 2016 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #27

    Let’s just trust in Rafa! We’ve all got an opinion but definitely not as informed or skilled as he is. We’re not talking about a muppet like Pardew or McClaren; this guy has done it all and is still ambitious for a challenge! Leave it to him we will be ok!

  • hibbitt

    Mar 21, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #28


    add to that list the defeatist throw the towel in bloggers who call themselves newcastle supporters but should be called newcastle moaners there doing the very thing they have accused the players of doing just giving up …..8 games to go we still have a chance of staying up but the so call experts on here have decided were down have a bit of faith give Rafa a chance if we go down lets go down fighting don’t just roll over…. i for one wont

  • toon kk

    Mar 21, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #29

    We just lack quality in defence and upfront, Rafa can’t change that.
    The so called board new where our weaknesses were but chose to overlook them in the transfer windows. Most people said Macca had to go but we waited for to long to get rid.
    Now we’ve got the right manager but not the quality on the pitch.
    So ultimately poor decisions by the inept people running our club have basically gone into self distrust mode and will take us doon.

  • Moonraker15

    Mar 21, 2016 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #30

    We are going to stay up with or without your optimism!

  • hibbitt

    Mar 21, 2016 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #31

    toon kk

    100% on the money we all know what need to be done and wasn’t but move on we have 8 game’s it’s football thing’s can change a little luck 1 or 2 players coming into a bit of form players adapting to rafa’s way we know the problem but can rafa find the solutions …..i for think he can

  • AncientC

    Mar 21, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #32

    “if we go down all that will happen is the debt will go up to ashley as he will bank role us to come straight back up”

    Beermonkey, yes, but I was suggesting what could happen if the club does not come back up on the first attempt. That would be two seasons of Premier League money lost, and I believe the stadium naming rights would be up for lease around that time too.

    You would also have to think that SD shares wouldn’t be doing terribly well, with their main advertising vehicle out of the limelight.

    Ashley can run up the debt as he sees fit, the debt has never bothered him so far, he is certainly not in any rush to have it paid back. Reality will truly set in though, if he puts the club into a position where he has no hope of ever getting his debt back, with the knock-out blow being the free advertising not being worth much more than he is paying for it.

    And there you could have it… a club unable to pay its debt, with an owner unable to siphon off much value in the way of advertising revenue, who by that point anyway should be a little more concerned with the debt than the revenue margins he makes from hooking NUFC up to SD like a saline drip.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Mar 21, 2016 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #33

    Hibbitt, Moonraker, and Stuart, good words from you.

    I’m fully behind Rafa as well.

    We’ve lost 6 in a row to Sunderland before, Rafa is in for 9 days and he manages to get a point from a ruined side with a cobbled together back line. Remarkable.

    I hope we keep the full scale developing going and I’m backing him 100%. I don’t understand how it can be any other way. World class manager for the first time since Sir Bobby, I’m over the moon we have someone of his calibre.

  • hibbitt

    Mar 21, 2016 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #34


    so whats your view if we stay up………… the way i read your last post your going to be very disappointed if we do stay up ????

  • Bri

    Mar 21, 2016 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #35

    A score draw against Sunderland at home remarkable.

  • Tsunki

    Mar 21, 2016 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #36

    Toonking I remember that article well enough to read it again to the end, well observed as sour grapes from Bellers, and nail on the head about our young ‘stars’ of the day who let SBR down. The minority of complaining ‘fans’ who were pounced on by Sky blew the whole thing out of proportion to where FFS, by his own admission, overreacted.

    Saying a change of managers changed the whole structure, direction,managememt and outlook of the club and not the owner who did the changing is breathtakingly infantile in it’s conception.

  • AncientC

    Mar 21, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #37

    hibbitt – No, I want the club to stay up, by all means. I just happen to think Mike Ashley is being very foolish if he is insistent on not selling the club, should we be in the Premier League next season.

    Has there every been a better time to sell a Premier league club? Compare that with the trajectory that the club is on…

  • Tsunki

    Mar 21, 2016 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #38

    By the same logic as Ashleys die hard buddies, we could say that a bus swerving down the street crashing into cars hitting walls and careering toward the river should be blamed on the steering, the wheels, the brakes – but definitely not the driver listening to his mp3 player and fumbling in the foot well for his polo mints.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Mar 21, 2016 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #39

    Bri, we’re second bottom of the league and have been well beaten against Sunderland on SIX prior occasions and just got a new manager in after some heavy defeats. Yes, I do find that remarkable.

  • beermonkey

    Mar 21, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #40


    sports direct isnt doint to well at the moment for various reasons
    i dont think us going down will hurt there advertising ( although were a great advert)

    not sure were there main advert they do alot of normal tv adverts and seem to have linked with little mix i think that would prove a good move

    sports direct have more or less wiped out there main rivals how much advertising do they need to do


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