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Understated Rafa Benitez – The Way We Won On Saturday Was Quite Good

Alan Shearer was at the game on Saturday and has since the bizarre performance of England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford during the game.

But he has also talked about the electric atmosphere during the game and the fact it was the loudest he had heard St. James’ Park for quite a while.

It was also a sellout with over 52,000 in attendance, and things are looking positive again at the club.

That’s even though Rafa’s three-year deal ends in June – but we are hopeful he will sign a new contract to stay at Newcastle even though Mike Ashley is still the owner.

Rafa was interviewed on nufcTV and he was appreciative of Alan Shearer’s positive comments after the fabulous come from behind 3-2 win last Saturday.

Rafa Benitez talks to Jonjo Shelvey after the win

This is what Rafa said when reminded of Alan’s comments:

“It’s massive for us to win this way and with the fans behind us,” 

“Obviously he (Shearer) knows what it means to have this atmosphere around the stadium, so I’m really pleased also with these words.”

“What that means is that something is right at the moment in the stadium and around the team.”

“Against Everton we conceded goals, but not because the team was not focused on doing what they have to do.”

“Everton have some good players, so you have to give credit to them.”

“We understood that the approach at West Ham was not good enough,”

“But the reaction has been the key for this team’s spirit, and it is what you are expecting from this team from now until the end of the season.”

“To be fair, the way that we won you can say that it was quite good.”

“You have to give credit to our players because from the beginning we were working hard, trying to do well, creating chances, but we didn’t take our chances.”

“We missed the penalty, we conceded one minute after, and so it was quite difficult to react to that.”

“At half-time I was telling them to stay calm, score a goal and get back into the game.”

“Until the end they were pushing and pushing, and then you could feel the fans behind the team, helping the team to do a little bit more.”

“So, in the end, everyone was happy.”

Newcastle are quite well positioned in the league table now in 13th place and here are the next six games we have to play.

Sat 16 Mar   Bournemouth vs Newcastle       3:00pm 
Mon 01 Apr   Arsenal vs Newcastle           8:00pm
Sat 06 Apr   Newcastle vs Crystal Palace    3:00pm
Fri 12 Apr   Leicester vs Newcastle         8:00pm 
Sat 20 Apr   Newcastle vs Southampton       5:30pm
Sat 27 Apr   Brighton vs Newcastle          5:30pm

How many points do you think we can get from those 6 games?

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • Mindshaft

    Mar 13, 2019 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #1

    Winnable game against Bournemouth although our current away form guide (LDLLDL) doesn’t look so great – hopefully we’ll get at least a draw

  • cyprus

    Mar 13, 2019 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Good words, good leadership. Gives the credit to the players, that’s how you inspire them.

    I’m still looking at the big 4 oh mark. When we reach that, we can kick on and better last season. First things first. A couple months ago, bookies (who know their stuff) were predicting Cardiff to stay up… Of course, they thought Liverpool would win it too.


  • hibbit

    Mar 13, 2019 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #3

    a win would be nice but i would take a draw right now, 😉

  • Jib

    Mar 13, 2019 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #4

    I think Rafa went for the draw vs West Ham
    but failed because he played an unchanged team
    from the Burnley game 4 days before.
    I think he’ll play the same favoured away formation
    5 – 4 – 1 vs Bournemouth hoping for a stalwart defensive display
    with hopefully a late nicked goal.

  • posada

    Mar 13, 2019 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #5

    Mar 12, 2019 at 8:31 PM
    Comment #79
    G2 at the risk of getting a telling I’ll make one political post. The whole of Brexit was flawed in the first place, the first referendum was only granted to stop conservative euro sceptics from revolting against David Cameron and it was voted for by people who didn’t truly understand what they were voting for, encouraged by idiots with a vested interest in causing chaos and disharmony.

    The best thing we can do is back out of the whole sorry mess and allow our kids to grow up in a forward thinking, multi cultural, progressive society with opportunity across the entirety of Europe, rather than just in our rather wet and vaguely depressing corner of it.

    Not quite the full picture. Why did we have a referendum.
    1) It’s been a issue for the country for 40 odd years.
    2) Ukip started to get votes. In local and Euro elections. The big two parties feared this. That’s because we have a two party first past the post winner takes all system. A third party, even if it was more moderate, can upset that balance. They don’t know who will loose the most votes you see. I think the Tories feared it more.
    They say 85-90% of folks always vote the same way. Left or right. The Government gets elected on a 2/3/4% swing.
    But, you have to say this comes about as people did vote Ukip.
    3) The Tories put it in their election manifesto that they would have an EU vote. That helped them win against all predictions.

    In conclusion we had an EU vote as their was a will for it in the country.

    The result to Leave was remarkable. Against the advice of all parties the country voted to leave. Not one politician has stopped to think why ? They don’t care. It’s not part of their agenda, which is the main problem. They don’t put UK people first. They feel they don’t need them.
    Their priorities are :-
    1) Me me me.
    2) The party/idealogy.
    3) Once every 4/5 years at election time. Lets pretend to be interested in the simples and the rustics as we need them to vote for us.

    For what it’s worth in a crisis I think we should Remain. What’s the worst that could happen. Another 10 years in the EU. Not a long time in the life of a country. Relatively speaking we have done OK from the last 50.

  • posada

    Mar 13, 2019 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #6

    Not much craik re football so I thought I would sort out Brexit instead.


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