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Brought In From The Cold – He’s Our Man Of The Match


Jonjo Shelvey has not been too happy this year because he’s found it hard to get playing time in the Newcastle engine room.

First of all, it was Isaac Hayden and Sean Longstaff nailing down the starting positions in December with some stellar performances from both players.

But even when Sean was injured and was out for the season with a knee injury, Jonjo still found it difficult to get playing time.

Rafa Benitez started Jonjo yesterday at Fulham in our final game of the season, and the England International quickly ensured Newcastle were 2-0 after just 11 minutes.

Shelvey scored our first goal a superb drive from a Matt Richie corner and then just two minutes later it was that man Perez scoring again.

That was Jonjo’s first goal of the season and Fulham manager and former Newcastle midfielder has called it world-class – don’t just take it from me.

Jonjo Shelvey – after scoring world-class goal after 9 minutes – his celebrations were a joy to watch!

But Jonjo deserved to be our Man of the Match and his celebrations following his goal brought out all his frustrations but the fans still love this lad.

He just wants to play in every single game – not unlike what the great Alan Shearer wanted to do in his career – but sometimes Jonjo wants to come back too early from injury and that doesn’t help him.

Anyway, hearty congratulations go out to Jonjo for a great comeback to the first team yesterday.

Second in the voting was one of our star players of the season – Fabian Schar – and Fabian got his 4th goal of the season after 61 minutes – and ended up 3rd top scorer behind Perez (13)  and Rondon (12).

Schar epitomizes the fight and spirit in this courageous Rafa team.

And last but not least, Rondon is next in the voting and he showed what an excellent center-forward he is in holding up the play – very like a certain Alan Shearer.

Salmon scored right at the death – it took two attempts-  but he finally blasted the ball home after 90 minutes for his 12th goal of the season and his 11th league goal – his most he’s ever scored in the Premier League.

Rondon is extremely popular with the fans and we hope Mike Ashley will be using some common sense and sign this man up – if Rafa wants him this summer.

A master-class from Rafa yesterday regarding the game plan – and brilliantly executed by the lads.

You cannot ask for more than that.

And we won’t.

🙂

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9 comments so far

  • simon376

    May 13, 2019 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #1

    Hope we keep him and fits in to the system as some big signings needed for midfield as it is

    2
  • RobLeenio

    May 13, 2019 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #2

    “Salmon scored right at the death”

    Hmmm, are you sure, Ed? Sounds a bit fishy to me….
    😛

    3
  • Jib

    May 13, 2019 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #3

    I think Rafa can find a plaice for him in the side next year

    5
  • Jib

    May 13, 2019 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #4

    Rondon plays with a lot of sole

    5
  • Jib

    May 13, 2019 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #5

    He will knock Joselu off his perch for sure

    5
  • magscar

    May 13, 2019 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #6

    Neil

    Just checking in and can I add a belated welcome to Blog. I am sure you will keep your Dad proud and share the undoubted burden of keeping this classy Blog on the net for us all to chat, celebrate and squabble – often not in equal measures 😉

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    May 13, 2019 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #7

    Nostradamus the Geordie,
    How is it beyond disbelief, he had three wins in 27 games and was got battered 0-5 in one game, lost a crucial game at home to his nearest rival and if Cardiff had of got more luck it would have been them going the other way, if they started next season in the same form then it might have been irreversible, you can’t keep a job solely because you’re a nice guy.

    1
  • RobLeenio

    May 13, 2019 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #8

    Jib, you’re not codding!

    Rafa just needs to reel him in!

    5
  • magscar

    May 13, 2019 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #9

    On Hoots I like guy but in the unrelenting PL climate we have been in for a few years when some clubs change manager twice in a season! his departure was surely inevitable. If he had been here with that scenario I guess there would have been a clamour for him to go despite the respect we all hold for him.

    His record in 2019 was appalling and he started with several new arrivals costing over £75 and didn’t lose anyone of note. Cardiff nearly caught them and for a club the size of Brighton relegation after what they spent would have been a disaster.

    It would seem that Owner wants change and doesn’t see Hoots as being the right man to oversee next season – and keep them up. If they continued their form of last 5 months they would have been certs for relegation – it’s his call and as long as he gets next appointment right he will have been correct. Graham Potter seems to be bookies favourite and he had an unremarkable playing career but has been catching the eye of a few clubs with his managerial style. Good fit for Brighton if he is appointed? – who knows?.

    When a club finishes a season as Brighton have and without serious absences of key players an owner has the unenviable task of deciding on further overhaul of playing staff ( some aging will have to go anyway) or change the manager ( who apparently is/has lost players and fans). I suspect Hoots is the type of manager who can get clubs promoted but can’t build from there.

    There are several like that of varying capabilities and playing styles such as Alladyce, Warnock, Pulis, who usually find a new job fairly easily. Look at how many clubs changed manager last season in PL and Championship and it is a merry-go-round

    Unless they do get appointment right I suspect they will still be one of favourites along with Sheff Utd for drop next season

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