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What Leicester fans had to say about the Newcastle match and Rafa Benitez

5 years ago

Once again we were interested in what the away supporters made of the match on Monday night, so sought out the views of Leicester fans.

A mixed bag of comments but in general, the Leicester fans reckoned their team played badly on the night.

However, most of them were actually…positive about Newcastle.

The overwhelming majority appear to believe that Newcastle United have made a real step up by replacing Steve McClaren with Rafa Benitez.

One big problem that kept getting repeated, was that NUFC lack a real cutting edge up front – something which I think few of us would argue with.

Well worth a read below.

We searched out the reaction of the Leicester fans via one of their top message boards FoxesTalk:

‘Big win, was nervy you could feel it, Newcastle came with a well executed plan but we got the win… bad time to play a team after they have just appointed a manager especially one that the players will respect.’

‘Played poorly but a vital 3 points.’

‘Draw was probably fair but the one bit of quality won the game. They were improved, had we played McClaren’s side I think it would’ve been more comfortable.’

‘That was painful to watch, the team and crowd seemed really nervous. Thank f*** Newcastle are sh*t otherwise we could easily have lost tonight.’

‘We’re following a little bit of Chelsea’s route last season. Post Christmas, Chelsea exchanged a lot flamboyance for efficiency. And in so doing they got the results and the title. Why not us?! Great result against a rejuvenated Newcastle.’

‘5 POINTS CLEAR. Newcastle came strong towards the end. Fitting new pacemaker tomorrow. Can’t take the stress anymore.’

‘Will take that! Good to get these relegation battlers out of the way. Have to say was a big contrast to the match at St. James Park.’

‘Tough game as expected with Benitez in charge of Newcastle. Well fought though, not pretty but a solid performance especially at the back, didn’t think Newcastle created a great deal.’

‘Colback is such a melt, complaining it wasn’t a free kick for our goal when he threw Riyad to the floor. No wonder they’re struggling when they have such a tough time understanding the world around them.’

‘Fair play to Rafa in his post match interview. No complaints, no excuses, looking for the positive and gave us credit. Gone up in my estimation..’

‘If Newcastle need a win last game of the season I can see them turning over Tottenham!’

‘Great win, fair play to Newcastle they were much improved as expected, organised, got plenty of players behind the ball and pressed well, but never really looked like scoring.’

‘Respect to Newcastle as they never tried to con the ref, just couldn’t score. Hope they stay up.’

‘It was a game in which we didn’t know what to expect from Newcastle, they did well and worked very hard throughout… defensively they have been poor but tonight they were very solid.’

‘Newcastle actually looked decent and worked hard, whilst we looked off yet again with our passing. Newcastle continue like that they may yet survive.’

‘Lucky? Newcastle never ever came close once, their attack was toothless, Kasper could have fallen asleep. Easy win, but just not scoring the 2nd made it seem closer.’

‘I just think we showed them too much respect and allowed them to gain confidence and have a go…if we had opened up a bit we would have hammered them, their back four were allowed to have three or four touches before lifting balls up to Mitrovic.’

‘Newcastle did alright but thankfully their finishing was dire.’

‘Ah well, it’s another 3 points, but we were really poor tonight. People watching that match around the World must have thought “How is this side top of the Premiership?”

A definite improvement in Newcastle & they were probably unlucky not to get a point.’

‘My god you guys… some of the posts are hilarious, you are acting like we were back to the walls all game.. LMAO Kasper had nothing to do, I can only remember one lousy shot that was straight at him, he never had to dive once. Great display from us, kept calm and we took the lead early and just saw the game through, great game management!!’

‘I think people are underestimating Newcastle’s midfield. I know they are near the bottom as a team but they have a very mobile midfield who are great at getting from box to box. Our boys had no time on the ball in the middle and we struggled to cope with that.

It is interesting really as Newcastle almost did a ‘city’. Soak it up then hit on the counter. And to be fair it nearly worked for them had it been for some more clinical finishing.’

‘Benitez’s arrival didn’t change Newcastle into something wonderful. We just built a myth into our own minds. Newcastle were what they’ve been most of the season….an ordinary, largely uninspired team which was always destined for a relegation scrap.

Last night we overcame Newcastle’s initial, entirely predictable, wave of enthusiasm, started passing and moving with a bit of imagination which might have been productive but for our inexplicable lack of accuracy, but when we scored we stopped and, again, slipped into the kind of “begging” mode that almost totally mocked our ability.

It was as if someone had erected “road closed” signs around the halfway line and we simply sat back and soaked up wilfully invited pressure.

The more time passed the less willing we were to move forward as a unit. Our only ambition was to frustrate Newcastle, to stifle the game and to give people like you the impression that we’d somehow stopped a tsunami when in fact we’d calmed a few gentle waves.’


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