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Rafa – It Was A Great Day For Almiron And Our Fans

Rafa Benitez was pleased with the overall performance and the commitment of his players in the 2-0 win at home to Huddersfield today.

Maybe the only thing we could have done better is to score more goals, but we hit the woodwork quite a few times.

The Terriers were reduced to 10 men after only 20 minutes when Tommy Smith was sent off for a rash tackle on Almiron.

Newcastle created a lot of chances today, and if we can get another good striker in over the summer, we will be a much better side next season.

The star players today were Sean Longstaff in the middle of the park and new boy Almiron who must have been pleased with his debut performance at St. James’ Park.

Rafa Benitez on the touchline today

This is some of what Rafa said after the game:

“We did well so I was pleased with the performance of the players.”

“It was difficult for them with 10 men but they still had chances. We had a lot of chances and we hit the post or bar three or four times.”

He (Almiron) did what we expected of him. He linked well with the other forwards. It was a great day for him and the fans.

“He’s very dynamic and he has good movement behind the defenders and between the lines.”

“It’s now important to settle down in the Premier League and understand the mentality of the PL.”

“If he can stay at the same level and score a goal, it will be better.”

“Longstaff did very well. He has the support of the players around him and the fans. He did very well.

“Everyone was expecting we could win but maybe not that we could play so well and create so many chances.”

“Now we must carry on. Every game is a final for us and we must play with the same intensity against Burnley.”

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142 comments so far

  • DubaiMicky

    Feb 24, 2019 at 5:09 AM

    Comment #121

    Chancel, I was just about to post that, someone from The Star’s been on the glue I reckon.

    Having said that he’s the sort of player ashLIE would want, get him to a 20+ goal a season striker for us and he’ll double his money. Can’t see it happening mind you, that said if it did it would all but confirm Rafa’s staying.

  • DubaiMicky

    Feb 24, 2019 at 5:44 AM

    Comment #122

    For all you Mags across the pond, there was a meetup in Denver for the game yesterday http://www.celticonmarket.com/ was the location, and here’s the pic. https://ibb.co/RQnhyMQ

  • DubaiMicky

    Feb 24, 2019 at 5:45 AM

    Comment #123

    Just seen Warren Barton was there too, must have been a canny morning like.

  • Paully

    Feb 24, 2019 at 6:35 AM

    Comment #124

    Starters aren’t cheap mind Dubai!


  • chicousa

    Feb 24, 2019 at 6:47 AM

    Comment #125

    Thanks for that post about the Toon supporter gathering in Denver! To any Denver area NUFC fans on this blog, please post a comment and let us know if you were there! Great gathering there! Howay Mile High Magpie fans!

  • dexter53

    Feb 24, 2019 at 6:56 AM

    Comment #126

    Give him next season. Manure or Chelski will offer 50 mill. Fatman will rub his hands. Bye bye Miggi.

  • Paully

    Feb 24, 2019 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #127

    Which I wouldn’t mind Dexter as long as ALL of the money is given back to Rafa (If indeed he is still even here), but lets face it that doesn’t happen.

  • Jib

    Feb 24, 2019 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #130

    good highlights those Ron

  • Jib

    Feb 24, 2019 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #131
  • Bambams

    Feb 24, 2019 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #132

    Lejeune is like a Glenn Hoddle at CB, some of his passing yesterday was brilliant.

    Not sure who it was that mentioned it yesterday but we are putting together a decent team for peanuts.

  • Jib

    Feb 24, 2019 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #133


    This is the exclusive that toonTom reported yesterday

    It has the feel of the Almiron deal – we’ve been talking to
    Hoffenheim for ages apparently.

  • Bambams

    Feb 24, 2019 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #134


    I saw that earlier on Twitter but I am sure the quote was £52 million or something for him.

    Cant see Ash paying that.

  • Jib

    Feb 24, 2019 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #135

    Bambams €60m
    It’s the way they report transfers in Germany
    They mean it could rise to £52m
    For example Roberto Firmino (who has the same agent)
    originally went to LPool for under £30m , with addons
    it has risen to nearly £45m.
    We actually shelled out £16m for Miggy – it will rise to
    over £20m eventually.

    You can see why they do it – to reduce the tax liability each year

  • yorkymag

    Feb 24, 2019 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #136

    Unbelievable what a difference one player can make
    Fabulous day great atmosphere and super slick football
    I am off on a trip to Vietnam,Cambodia ,Malaysia crap timing just as the boys are starting to show some form
    Anyone know where I can watch the games out there are there any toon fan groups ?
    Any help grateful received

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 24, 2019 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #137

    You’re welcome, Jib.

  • Jib

    Feb 24, 2019 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #138
  • Jib

    Feb 24, 2019 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #139
  • yorkymag

    Feb 24, 2019 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #140

    Thanks jib

  • Jib

    Feb 24, 2019 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #142

    I did think I would be gutted if England lost in Cardiff
    However the better team won and hopefully Eddie Jones
    has got that horrible kicking game out of his system for the World Cup.
    Da iawn Cymru
    Rydych yn ei haeddu


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