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Benitez – Players Deserve All The Credit – We Made Burnley Suffer

With Newcastle’s excellent 2-0 win at home to Burnley last night – our 4th win on the trot at home, and we are now 7 points ahead of third-bottom Southampton and have a better goal difference.

The Saints play Fulham at home this afternoon.

But Newcastle are now playing solidly, and we pose a threat up front with Almiron in the team, and he is bringing out the best in Ayoze Perez.

The goals were scored by Schar (26) and Longstaff (38), and they both had outstanding games last night.

Fabian scored a tremendous goal from all of 30 yards out – he’s some buy for us for £3M from Deportivo.

Sean, in particular, continues to look a top central midfielder who can become a great player under the guidance of Rafa Benitez.

Rafa Benitez last night on the touchline

His technique is almost flawless, and he’s likely to be capped at England U21 level with pundits like Alan Shearer continuing to sing his praises.

Rafa was encouraged by the performance after the game – we went 2-0 up by half time and then cruised a little in the second half but defended well to ensure the win.

This is some of what Rafa said after the game as reported in the Shields Gazette

“The players deserve all the credit today – they did really well.”

“They controlled the game in the first-half, and then defended well, fighting for each other in the second half.”

“Overall, it was a good performance against a good team, who were pushing all the time.”

“We had two or three situations in the second half when if we had done a little bit better we could’ve scored a third goal.”

“But I’m still really pleased.” “We had a lot of control in the first half.”

“Everything Burnley could do we knew about, and everything we could do to make them suffer we did that too.” 

That was our 8th win of the season, and four of them have come in the previous six games, so we are surging at the right time.

Even Rafa was pleased with the goal from Fabian Schar and said he does that in training and he’s quite good.


Our lads played really well again last night with both heart and skill – all credit goes to them.

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13 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Feb 27, 2019 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #1

    I wonder if we can persuade Hayden to stay, he is a regular starter now.

    Hate to see him leave now, so improved

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 27, 2019 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #2

    Bambams, I’d be really happy if we could.

    Interesting the match-going fans on here have almost all picked him as their MoM, yet he only gets 6% of the votes on here so far.

    Just shows how different the perception can be from being in the ground to watching from home.

  • Tim the toon

    Feb 27, 2019 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #3

    I think if he stays in the starting line-up for the rest of the season, it’s going to be a tough decision for him – sure he doesn’t want to drop down to the Championship, and where will he get playing opportunities like he has now, with a club of a similar/stature?

    There’ll be no teams from Wales in the Premier League next season (sorry Welshie!), so what are his options?

    Also, the way he is playing will mean that the club will want a decent fee for him – where’s the fit?

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 27, 2019 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #4

    Love how Rafa actually used the suffer words in regards to dealing with Burnley!!

    A lot has been written about Rafa supposedly not being a good man manager but the way some guys have come back into form and are now playing their best football surely puts that myth to rest?

    Manquillo is a rotation player but happily comes in and does his job 100% surely if you didn’t want to play for your manager that wouldn’t happen?

  • cyprus

    Feb 27, 2019 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #5

    Good review. Will disagree again.
    Dummet hairstyle is alright, better than Aguero’s.
    Went for Schar myself. Haven’t seen the ball travel towards goal that fast since martins vs Spurs. But good call re Hayden.

  • geordietom

    Feb 27, 2019 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #6

    Rob … re: your Half Moon comment …

    bit posh for you made me laugh my rocks off mate …

  • Jib

    Feb 27, 2019 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #7

    Has it not occurred to folk that Hayden
    is playing for a good move ?

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 27, 2019 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #8


    Cheers – Schar hell of a screamer – thought it had moved in the air from the Gallowgate but went straight as a bullet

    Happy TOON fan this morning !!!!!

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 27, 2019 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #9

    tom, lol we were students, you had to pay full price for a pint in there, but it was a nice pub with a decent burger shop just next door….

  • geordietom

    Feb 27, 2019 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #10

    rob …

    as i’ve said the wife and i used to do karaoke for a living ( 14 years doing it ) done a couple of gigs in there … put it this way coul’dnt get home quick enough at the end of the night … got a bit bit rowdy is a understatement ( but the money was good though … so Rob i know where your student loan went ( hope you’ve paid it off lmao

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 27, 2019 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #11

    Here’s a link to a video of the Longstaff goal. I wondered where his marker was, but Hayden put him on his backside when he won the ball, which gave Longstaff the space he needed.


    There’s also a moment when Ben Mee gets off the deck to whinge at the ref and Almiron body checks him. Hilarious, makes me like this guy even more. It’s deliberate, for sure – check it out.

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 27, 2019 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #12

    Rob, nice one thanks. I was playing footie and missed the game (don’t have bt) but a fine win. I thought the Burnley mgr was OK afterwards? Said we deserved to win?

  • bettyswallocks

    Mar 1, 2019 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #13

    Rafa will be looking to play more expansive football now as he’s had a fair bit of negative press about overly defensive tactics and I think it has rankled him a bit judging BT his comments on the subject.

    He will be inwardly purring at the way his players are improving as a unit and surely won’t abandon ship if he’s given a few assurances that more investment is forthcoming. The future is looking a fair bit brighter than a couple of months ago.


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