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Sky Sports Seem Impressed With Newcastle’s Performance

Newcastle did play well at Bournemouth, but in that game, we just didn’t have the luck you need to get a win.

Maybe if the soft penalty wasn’t awarded early in the second half to bring the home team level at 1-1, we could have come away with all 3 points.

But we’ll never know now and given we equalized so late in the game we’ll take the one point – it’s better than no points.

Most pundits – have said Newcastle were unlucky and the penalty given by Mike Dean was a soft one.

And we look like a well-balanced side at the moment, and our two goals were something to see.

Rafa Benitez – at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday

This is how Sky Sports summed up the performance and we got a B+ for Saturday’s performance.

“Newcastle stuck with it, even after going 2-1 down in the 81st minute, and Matt Ritchie’s goal was simply sublime. “

“Their battling defensive qualities was perfectly encapsulated by Paul Dummett’s remarkable acrobatic clearance to deny Callum Wilson’s neat header when it was 1-1.”

“Newcastle lacked spark going forward, but they were unfortunate to be on the receiving end of what looked like a soft penalty decision.”

“Federico Fernandez was adjudged to have brought down Nathan Ake in the box. Had that not been given, the result may well have swung in Newcastle’s favor.”

Grade:  B+

These are the games we have left, and if we can get at least 10 points, we’ll have more points than we had last season.

That would be good and what Rafa wants.

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
Sat 04 May   Newcastle vs Liverpool         3:00pm
Sun 12 May   Fulham vs Newcastle            3:00pm

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3 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 18, 2019 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #1

    Do you think that amount is insignificant?

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 18, 2019 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #2

    Shola coaching role..
    Seems a good fit. He’s bright, talks well. And fits the profile perfectly to address our topical ‘diversity issues’.
    It remains to be seen whether he can coach.

    It seems someone had a word with him, told him not to get his head quite so far up MA’s pipe as while that’s clearly the way to get onside with him, it alienates the fans. Soon after his pro Ashley quotes he made a few comments about the virtues of squad investment.

  • martoon

    Mar 18, 2019 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #3

    Jail I think your figures are a bit over-egged. I think the average ticket price is more like £500 giving about £25m from ticket sales and not everybody will spend a tenner so lets say about £6m giving about £31m. Of course more people means more staff – stewards, bar-staff etc and so more wages to be subtracted from this figure. However saying all that I get your point!


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