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Rafa Benitez Is Supportive Of Players But Can Be Ruthless

Rafa Benitez is always very supportive of his players and we saw that after the game last night when he refused to even talk about Matz Sels blunder when he couldn’t hold a shot shortly after we had gone ahead in extra time and it was an easy chance for Robert Snodgrass to smash the ball home.

That eventually led to the game being drawn 1-1 after extra time although we created and missed chances after that.

Then we had the penalty fiasco from Newcastle’s view-point when only Christian Atsu scored from the spot and three of our players missed.


Rafa Benitez last night on the touchline

Matz made an error at Aston Villa in the last league game he played in the league but it was minor compared to last night’s blunder.

At that time he was hounded by Newcastle fans on Twitter for the hesitancy that led to Villa’s late equalizer and that reaction was way over the top and uncalled for.

This time the reaction seems to have been more contained, which is good,  but Matz still made the error and you cannot get away from that – and goalie’s errors are usually very costly as we saw last night.

Rafa will always support his players in public but he is also not daft and he knows the goalkeeper probably cost Newcastle dearly last night even if he will never say that publicly.

He didn’t get the enormous success he’s already enjoyed in the game by going soft on players.

After Chancel Mbemba made the mistake and scored that own goal in the 2-0 defeat by Wolves on September 17th he didn’t play again for the first team until last Saturday when we lost 1-0 to Blackburn.

Karl Darlow will be back in goal for the game at Nottingham Forest on Friday night and this game could be a banana skin for Newcastle.

We will be very pleased if we can win this game at The City Ground.

With Rob Elliot coming back it could well be that Rob will shortly be on the bench to the exclusion of Matz.

We feel  a little sorry for the 24 year-old Belgium goalkeeper since he is still settling in somewhat, but it cannot take forever either.

We hope Matz still comes through, but he is now in danger of losing the back-up goalkeeper position to Rob Elliot, who is now presumably fully fit again and close to a return for Newcastle.

And it’s good that Karl Darlow has been so good for us since he came in after the 1-1 draw at Villa Park and he seems to be improving all the time.

Maybe Rob Elliot will not be the substitute goalkeeper on Friday night, but it now looks like it will soon be between Karl and Rob for that starting position in goal.

Both lads have shown themselves to be good goalkeepers who make few mistakes.

Matz Sels didn’t take his big opportunity last night and he’s now likely to be the number three goalkeeper at Newcastle.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

37 comments so far

  • Jib

    Nov 30, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #1

    I’m not very sure that Hendrickson’s shot was holdable (?) by Sels or any other keeper , it was low down to his left so no chance of really putting it out safely – just unfortunate that it went to Snodgrass steaming in.
    Ed obviously wasn’t a goalie in Walker !

  • swemag

    Nov 30, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #2

    He could have and should have pushed it to the side. He pushed it right into a danger area.

  • shakerxxoo

    Nov 30, 2016 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #3

    The NUFC fans are lunatics , most of them ?
    IDIOTS , where were you last season and the one before and before when Krul & Elliot used to make MEGA amount
    of mistakes game after game after game ???
    I will keep supporting Sels because he does not deserve anything and he has his style of goalkeeping and can be a great player ……

    I hope Darlow suffer badly in the next few game JUST
    to see the lunatics come out at him , you will know what i mean then ….

    We didn’t lose because of Sels last night …
    we lost because we were poor in the final third ! end of ..


    Nov 30, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #4

    ‘I hope Darlow suffer badly in the next few game JUST
    to see the lunatics come out at him , you will know what i mean then ….’

    Aye there is certainly some lunatics who follow Newcastle haha

  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 30, 2016 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #5

    We dominated them first half in terms of effort and possession . We could and should have put the game out of their reach but didn’t . Knowledgeable football people will always tell you that the time to worry is when the team creates nothing.

  • toon kk

    Nov 30, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #6

    Tbf this season is all about getting premonition, last night was a real disappointment but we can move on.
    I’m sure Rafa is well aware of the players we’ll need if we go up.

  • hibbit

    Nov 30, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #7

    it would appear that your one of those lunatic

  • Jib

    Nov 30, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #8

    swemag // He could have and should have pushed it to the side. He pushed it right into a danger area.

    He didn’t push it anywhere you Swedish turnip !

    He saved a rasping shot.

    get back to your ps4 you balloon

  • hibbit

    Nov 30, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #9

    i was worried last saturday !!

  • geordieboy83

    Nov 30, 2016 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #10

    Evening all

    I only listened to the match on 5 live last night so cant comment too much. However im a bit surprised to see lascelles get criticised. From what i heard he was being touted as a definite england international by Pat NEvin last night due to his performance.

    On sels, gotta feel for the lad hes a young keeper who is learning, and made a mistake which ultimately gets highlighted more than the misses by the outfield players.

    The whole hulk are in the relegation zone thing doesnt agree with me. They are a premiership team simple as that, and have taken points off and competed with teams above our current level. Put it this way if it was role reversed and we were in their position, and we lost to a championship team, some on here would be going nuts as we are premiership and they are championship

  • toon kk

    Nov 30, 2016 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #11

    It’s time our players started practicing penalties, have to say those feeble attempts were pathetic. We drew the game but thew it away.

  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 30, 2016 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #12

    Hibbit……. With justification. Yesterday was a big improvement . Still a long way to go to have a proper PL team but we’re on the way hopefully.


    Nov 30, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #13

    Im not just blaming sels for the goal tbh,lascelles out muscled and missed the header,hayden and shelvey stood off as the lad took it down,turned and ran at the defence and was given to much time to shoot and lazaar was slow to react to the push out,yes sels dropped a clanger pushing it in the area he did, but there were a calamity of errors leading up to and including that error by sels and after…..im not a fan of sels by any means but to just blame him is wrong

  • Jib

    Nov 30, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #14

    Blooming heck Arsenal 0 Soton 2

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 30, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #15

    BBC website:-

    “Arsene obviously didn’t get the memo: You can’t win anything with kids.”

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 30, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #16


    why not just call him a turnip, why bring nationality in to it.

    toon kk // Nov 30, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    Tbf this season is all about getting premonition
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    What’s your premonition?

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 30, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #17

    i think the frustration was more a failure to break down a poor team with only 10 men for over half an hour.

    That and plus the body language with the pens was shocking. Never looked like winning when it came down to that.

  • Jib

    Nov 30, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #18

    Did you see that !
    De Gea just pushed a ball straight into the path of Fletcher.
    Send him back to Spain !!

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 30, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #19

    “Dave saves, but not too well on this occasion, parrying it back into the danger area, where Ashley Fletcher is on hand to pop home from close range.”

    Sounds familiar!

  • Jib

    Nov 30, 2016 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #20

    Rotonda heights //why bring nationality in to it.

    Because I wanted to – OK ?

  • Jib

    Nov 30, 2016 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #21

    Is Andy Carroll on the hammers bench ?

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 30, 2016 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #22


    West Ham United: Adrian, Kouyate, Reid, Ogbonna, Antonio, Fernandes, Obiang, Cresswell, Feghouli, Fletcher, Payet.
    Subs: Randolph, Nordtveit, Lanzini, Zaza, Noble, Collins, Masuaku.

  • Jib

    Nov 30, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #23

    ty Ron

  • toon kk

    Nov 30, 2016 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #24

    I know! Should have read promotion.

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 30, 2016 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #25

    BBC website again:-

    “#DeGea has to be dropped. Time to give #Romero a chance.”

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 30, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #26

    Jibberish has been on the juice, his lass has gone to her sisters and the dog is cowering under the table!!!

  • matias

    Nov 30, 2016 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #27

    So Sels is becoming another Gutierrez or Ben Arfa? Good player hated by fans until it`s too late.

  • mindshaft

    Nov 30, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #28

    To be fair Sels was totally at fault for the goal but 32 shots, 5 on target says it all – game should have been out of reach for hull after first half

  • Jib

    Nov 30, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #29


    The big lads are talking.

    Leave it to us and go and grease a monkey or bleach a lavvy bowl or something !

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 30, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #30

    You’re talking Jibberish, I can just see you hurling insults, but I suppose in your world that’s about the best communication you’ll get you caveman!

  • Jib

    Nov 30, 2016 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #31
  • Jib

    Nov 30, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #32

    Arsenal the only team not to win their cuptie at home !

  • Novocastrian66

    Nov 30, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #33

    Spot on mindshaft.

  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 30, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #34

    Premonition is the belief that we will be promoted to the PREMiership.

  • Jib

    Nov 30, 2016 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #35

    Hull draw Man U in the semis – first leg at Old Trafford

  • RUNAWAY777

    Nov 30, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #36

    Well I was a goalie for welbeck boys and I was told always push the ball sideways away from the goal not back in to the penalty area I watch it a few times now and he could easily have push it to the side from crosses coming in he seems to let ball hit him on the palm of his hand and let’s it bounce one before catching can’t understand that after what rob green .

  • stuart no9

    Nov 30, 2016 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #37

    ok , the defenders and midfielders should have done better BUT when you are the last man to save the day its down to the goal keeper to earn his wages.Now, if the shot had been a Malcolm Macdonald special off his left peg then all you can say is ”ok sels you didn’t stop it coz you didn’t see it, applaud the goal and move on , however , it wasn’t a MM netbuster, it was a shot that most keepers would have stopped in this league, also a shot that most keepers would have either caught or turned around the post. He has to start being a goalkeeper, and all this crap about ”settling in ” coz that’s what it is crap,when grass roots keeping , keeping you learn at school , not when your 23 or whatever he is , if he dosnt know that by now then when the f”’k will he ? the trouble is he wont -coz hes shyte


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