Rafa Benitez has already picked up two LMA Performance of the Week awards this season, firstly for the 6-0 trouncing of QPR, then the dramatic comeback against Norwich.

Since September though, Newcastle have been on the receiving end.

Blackburn’s 1-0 win at St James Park was given the LMA’s Performance of the week and then a month later Sheffield Wednesday also won 1-0 on Tyneside and received the award.

Monday’s 3-1 win for Ipswich has now been recognised as this past week’s stand out performance.

Which makes it the fifth Newcastle match of the campaign to pick up the award, two positives and three negatives.

LMA Official Announcement:


The League Managers Association’s five-man panel, comprising LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Joe Royle, Dave Bassett and Barry Fry, has determined that the LG Performance of the Week Award should go to Ipswich Town for their impressive 3-1 victory against promotion contenders Newcastle United on Monday 17th April 2017.

The experienced and highly distinguished panel has managed a combined total of over 6,000 competitive matches in professional football.

Ipswich Town Manager Mick McCarthy will receive a celebratory bottle of champagne, courtesy of Tanners Wines, and a LG Performance of the Week trophy in a presentation to commemorate the result.

Match Report

Huws stunner lights up Town’s impressive win over promotion chasers.

The biggest crowd of the season saw Town celebrate Sir Bobby Robson Day in style.

Not even a goal from the returning Daryl Murphy could stop Blues picking up a deserved win, with Emyr Huws rounding off the scoring with a superb volley in added on time.

Freddie Sears had given Town the lead at the break, before Murphy struck on the hour, the former Blue keeping his celebrations muted. David McGoldrick put Mick McCarthy’s side back in front soon after and Huws sealed the win from Brett Pitman’s cross.

Sears was a constant threat to Newcastle and could have had more than the one goal, while McGoldrick also went close to adding a third late on.

  • SH.ER

    Deserved , absolutely great great what Mick Mccarthy has done in 3 days
    & yet some fans & writers here will try to fool us with their excuses ..
    Mccarthy did something to us the average NUFC fan will never realize
    I hope Benitez saw that for our sake.
    it’s worrying how we didn’t deal with it, maybe it’s a mentality thing or fitness issue

    • Wor Monga

      Haven’t seen any excuses for that abomination mate…from anyone, anywhere…it was a total failure of the team, throughout on their combined work-rate, effort and abilities…teams like Ipswich and Wednesday before them just wanted that result much more than we did, and they got it…just like we should have done against Leeds except for one lapse of concentration, at the very end!!!

  • Wor Monga

    We got beat fair and square on the day…that’s about it EOS…it was a wake-up call for us, but let them have their day in the sun with their glittering prize, because in the long run it means nothing and the only thing that means anything is climbing out of this pathetic league with it’s pathetic referees, and it’s ‘pissy’ little monthly awards…
    … the Toon’s going to do that, and Ipswich are staying put!!!