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Rafa Beneitez Praises Rondon – Perez Partnership After Incredible Comeback


Rafa was a pleased man at the end of the game, but as usual, he summed things up quite calmly and clinically.

We didn’t deserve to be 2-0 down after 32 minutes, but we were, and there was some sloppy play at the back again from the Newcastle defense – that’s 4 goals conceded in the previous two games.

Mistakes from Lascelles and Dubravka led to the two goals being conceded.

Rafa will again work on the defense this coming for our trip to Bournemouth next Saturday at 3:00pm – we need more clean sheets.

But hey, we have taken 16 points from the previous eight games with five wins and that unlucky draw at Wolves.

Rafa Benitez congratulates Ayoze Perez after an amazing comeback

This is what the boss said after our 5th successive home win:

“As always, it’s the reaction of the players. At half time, we were talking about staying calm, don’t concede another goal.”

“I told them if we scored one goal, we’d be back in the game. We kept pushing – stopping them playing and creating chances.”

“This team is important. The link between Ayoze Perez and Aalomon Rondon.”

“If Messi was doing that everybody would be talking about the goal.”

“The players deserve to win these five games in a row at home.”

“Normally I say to the players stay calm at half time, score one goal and get back into the game.”

“In the first half we had chances to score but they scored two goals.”

“We changed the shape of the team – with Ritchie on the right and four at the back.”

“We were winning more second balls in the second half.”

“I will say I don’t think we would have deserved to lose 2-0 the way were playing.”

“We made some mistakes, created some chances. Then we miss a penalty, and a minute later we concede a goal.”

“Things were going against us.”

“At half-time, we said ‘keep going, one goal, and get back into it’ – the players understood that.”

“Ayoze is a player of quality. He can lose the ball but he is capable of scoring great goals.”

This was an incredible game for Newcastle fans – I’m off to watch it again.

A fantastic win just when we needed it most.

What more could you ask for?

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160 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Mar 9, 2019 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #1

    From a blog on the BBC site
    RIP Everton

    When i die I want the Everton team to lower me to me grave so they can let me down one last time.

    24
  • Dennis Twice

    Mar 9, 2019 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #2

    Attack Toon attack, attack!

    8
  • lochinvar

    Mar 9, 2019 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #3

    Seems relevant that Everton mints are black and white stripes

    14
  • Tsunki

    Mar 9, 2019 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #4

    Right straight round the Strawberry, bag over NYCmags head and straight in the boot – sorry – trunk, there’s a basement room in the Malmaison booked in the name of Mr J Kinnear. Stuff him in there until last game of the season. 😀

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  • kc2012

    Mar 9, 2019 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #5

    Wonder if Gareth Southgate watched pissteeth Pickford Today??

    Maybe he’ll leave him out of the England squad so he can focus on going back to being a full time pill munching raver back in the land of the unwashed

    8
  • martoon

    Mar 9, 2019 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #6

    Just in from the match – what can I say – I really thought it wasn’t our day after the missed penalty and then Rondon flicking it past Pickford only for it to roll agonisingly wide. I think what helped us was Everton changed to 5 at the back and they lost their attacking threat opening the game up for us – what a fabulous last 20 minutes – I’m still buzzing 😀

    8
  • Jib

    Mar 9, 2019 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #7

    Martoon
    you came back too quick
    free bar in the Strawberry courtesy of NYC
    😀

    6
  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 9, 2019 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #8

    One of the best comebacks I’ve ever seen from us. Rondon and Perez were magnificent. Almiron was good as well. Great day for us!

    6
  • Jib

    Mar 9, 2019 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #9

    Hat-trick for Sterling
    still half an hour to go

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 9, 2019 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #10

    This is what happens when you stick with a great manager. He sets us right by the end of the season. Five wins on the trot at home now.

    15
  • Ron Knee

    Mar 9, 2019 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #11

    Hat-trick for Sterling.

    2
  • Pottsclock

    Mar 9, 2019 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #12

    Remember when we were after Tosun who eventually went to 22.5m euros. Silly money

    5
  • Tsunki

    Mar 9, 2019 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #13

    Aye G2 but we’re landed with Benitez because no top team would have him or let him spend money on players for him to work with 😉

    7
  • Jib

    Mar 9, 2019 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #14

    Pep has tugged Sterling
    Must think 3 goals is enough

    2
  • Tsunki

    Mar 9, 2019 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #15

    If you shout “NYCMag” in the strawb now do you think there’s be a 300 moment?

    6
  • Mindshaft

    Mar 9, 2019 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #16

    @NYCMag – glad you witnessed today, hope you have a great night )

    9
  • geordietom

    Mar 9, 2019 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #17

    brilliant win today was getting worried with the other results …

    1
  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 9, 2019 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #18

    NYCmag
    Apologise for blaming Everton’s first goal on you.

    On a serious note, when you packing up in the states and moving your life to Tyneside? Get yourself to every game home and away. We can’t be letting a lucky charm like you leave now can we?

    9
  • geordietom

    Mar 9, 2019 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #19

    NYMAG re: Michigan. he’s moving to a place called Midland 2 hour drive from detroit …

    2
  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 9, 2019 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #20

    Anyone to have a go again at Perez I’m just going to post this.

    “Ayoze is a player of quality”, Rafa Benitez. March 2019.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 9, 2019 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #21

    That ball to rondon for the first, he’s done that a good few times this season but as they were never converted they get forgetten.

    He got criticised for missing that first half opportunity. He did what he was supposed to, shot was going in bottom corner, good save by ilovetoon’s hero.

    7
  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 9, 2019 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #22

    Other teams’ loss is our gain Tsunki. I don’t know how he has managed to deal with Mikey and his pudgy friend Chumpley but he gets the job done and somehow gets us up the table by he end of the season. Huzzah!!!

    3
  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 9, 2019 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #24

    I’ve had a few goes at Perez this season but he’s been steadily improving over the last few games. The addition of Almiron and his partnership with Rondon have been great to watch.

    2
  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 9, 2019 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #25

    Almiron is full of running! Full of running!!!

    4
  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 9, 2019 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #26

    That match is the 6th consecutive match to be broadcast as a main event across the USA. Reckon we’ll have made some new fans from today!

    7
  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 9, 2019 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #27

    No need for a harrumph! today lads. That was incredible…

    4
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 9, 2019 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #28

    Wonder if we’ll be the last match on MOTD tonight? 🙂

    4
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Mar 9, 2019 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #29

    Yep, Perez has been notably more creative throughout this season and he always seems to finish strong. Seems to enjoy playing alongside Rondon and Almiron has taken some of the pressure off, granting others more space by posing a threat.

    4
  • Ron Knee

    Mar 9, 2019 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #30

    OptaJoe
    ?
    @OptaJoe
    17 – Gerard Deulofeu’s goal 17 seconds after coming on was the quickest by a substitute in the Premier League since October 2014, when Sammy Ameobi scored after eight seconds for Newcastle (v Spurs). Swift.

    8
  • Jib

    Mar 9, 2019 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #32

    Ha ha ha that’s from Oct 2014

    1
  • RobLeenio

    Mar 9, 2019 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #33

    Great match, great result, great manager, great team, great fans.

    HWTL!!!

    12
  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 9, 2019 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #34

    We’ll miss Schar for the next two matches. A silly yellow that was…

    4
  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 9, 2019 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #35

    Shelvey reads the blog!!!!

    Jonjo Shelvey: “There’s been people saying my career is finished and I’ve got no future at the club. They can watch that back and eat their words now.” #NUFC

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Mar 9, 2019 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #36

    What’s happened to Federico Fernandez? He was our best player at the start of the season. I would put him back in for Lascelles or Lejuene. Should be starting.

    3
  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 9, 2019 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #37

    Ayoze Perez for England!

    Harry Kane, sit back down yeah!

    5
  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 9, 2019 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #38

    He will probably have to start the next two matches at least ketsy with Schar serving a two match ban and Lascelles hobbled with his knee.

    1
  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 9, 2019 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #39

    I laughed out loud properly at this,

    Even journos are taking the mick about the pickford ‘tackle’

    https://mobile.twitter.com/ADMusgrove/status/1104405152746954753

    3
  • bettyswallocks

    Mar 9, 2019 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #40

    What an unbelievable turnaround . Was watching with a pal of mine and had written us off at half time and offered me 20 to one at for us to win. I had a tenner with him and haven’t stopped barracking him since. The 200 quid is sweet made possible by the the gutsiest performance for years.

    Anyone know what odds were officially available at half time on the betting sites?

    5

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