Rafa Benitez watched his team totally outplay Stoke City but it will have done  little for his recovery/heartrate as the players failed to put the chances and game to bed.

Eventually United saw the game out but it should have been settled by half-time on weight of clear chances.

Watching from the sidelines, Rafa Benitez left the urgings to his backroom team and admitted afterwards Normally I am a little bit more agitated but today I have to be careful’.

The United boss says his surgery ‘will take some time to heal’ but a few more performances and results like this one today, would be enough to rise anybody from their sickbed.

Tongue in cheek, Rafa says that the supporters will be ‘excited and thinking about Europe’ after this third win in a row.

What he is 100% serious about is when he adds ‘for me it is one game at a time’.

Rafa Benitez has performed miracles with only an £11.5m net spend, as this team is looking to be a real match for most teams despite the step up to the Premier League.

Early days but the signs are positive.

Rafa Benitez:

“Normally I am a little bit more agitated but today I have to be careful.

“It will take some time to heal but at least winning is always easier.

“This group of players works very hard.

“Sometimes we have some problems but with the chances we can create, we know they can give us the points.

“The fans, when you win so many games in a row, they are excited and thinking about Europe…for me it is one game at a time.

“It is a very competitive league and we are learning from that.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 2 Stoke 1


Newcastle: Atsu 19, Lascelles 68

Stoke: Shaqiri 57

Possession was Stoke 58% Newcastle 42%

Total shots were  Stoke 10 Newcastle 16

Shots on target were Stoke  13 Newcastle 14

Corners were  Stoke 5 Newcastle 7

Referee: Stuart Attwell

Newcastle United:

Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Mbemba, Ritchie, Hayden (Shelvey 69), Merino, Atsu, Perez (Diame 86), Joselu (Gayle 78)

Unused Subs:

Woodman, Manquillo, Murphy, Lejeune

Crowd: 51,795 (approx 1,500 Stoke)

(Alan Shearer a very happy man after Newcastle went top four – Read it Here)

(The instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to win over Stoke – Here)

(Give us your Newcastle v Stoke player ratings Here)

(Mark Hughes’ comments Here – he was watching a different game!)

  • TheNutJob

    That man could give the City a great team if he was backed by the owner, but we all know that`s not going to happen

    • East Durham Mag

      Sounds familiar does it not?

  • TheNutJob

    The snides in Birmingham have sacked Wor `Arry

    • Geordiegiants


    • Biggs Darklighter

      How the hell are they going to get someone in better than arry?? 😂😂😂

      • Wor Lass

        The dog`s got hs cv ready.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    A fair result would have been seven two as never seen us miss so many clear cut chances. This against a team who had beaten Arsenal and drew with Man Utd.
    Most of the usual suspects on this site had us relegated with record points so at the end of October can they apologise to the fans who keep the faith.

    • Soldier


      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Just enjoy us having a great team who if we had have beaten Spurs
        which we would have done without two players carried off and one sent off would be well up the top. This site hates us doing well so dark days for the usual suspects.

    • Jezza

      We would have scored a lot more goals today if Fatso had allowed Rafa to sign the striker he desperately wanted in the summer.

      • Biggs Darklighter

        Everything happens for a reason. Had Shelvey not got sent off against Spurs, merino wouldn’t have played the past 4 games. Which striker should we have signed?

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        The Striker he wanted now plays for Swansea and while a good player not the finished article think Gayle would have scored at least two or three today with the chances created however the current centre forward is a handful as is mitro. Think top eight is realistic for this team.

        • Jezza

          Let’s not get carried away. We are worringly short of firepower and desperately need Dwight Gayle to get fit and rediscover his goal touch. I’d still settle for avoiding relegation at this moment in time.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Agree entirely think the second half of the season will be harder as their managers change tactics will be happy sadly to stay up and at long last for Ashley to spoil us next August
            as think we should have enough to stay up this season. Would settle for fifteenth and getting to the F.A Cup Final only a dream but who knows.

  • Simon Ritter

    If the Arsewipes beat Chelski by two goals tomorrow we will rise to third. Of course, that’ll never happen. Just as Liverpool will never have 35 headers/shots against Burnley’s stand-in keeper and still fail to win. Even less likely than Lawro predicting Liverpool will lose to Man Ure . . .

  • Grahame Johnson

    I think what Rafa has and is doing at Newcastle only enhances his CV, he has united fans and players, its a joy to see a squad with a heart and soul

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      Think his back room team also love the team as much as was proved last week at Swansea we have four coaches who care so much and have passion. We would have beaten Spurs in normal circumstances and would have been sitting pretty.

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    #AshleyOut has little to do with the current state of the Premier League table. Rafa is a salve for the cancer symptoms but the malignant tumor still needs to be removed.

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      No one wants to buy the club so give credit where it is due. Ashley puts the money in no one else will so please give it a rest and enjoy a great season.

      • Oldgeordie

        Get into the real world. He bought the club make money for his beloved SD. Real commitment would be to support the manager with funds matching clubs with half our finances. How many times has he been at St James in the last two years?

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          He has put two hundred and fifty nine million in to buy the club and pay off the transfers and other debts so thankful for him for that. He used to go to every game but does not feel welcome any more because of sites like the mag.

          • Guest 2

            You’re like a stuck record. The debts haven’t been paid off – the club owes more (to him) now than it owed before he arrived!
            We also buy with cash yet sell on installments – none of which is at all helpful when the club can only spend the revenue it produces in any given season due to him.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            I do not know if you understand Finance but the debts have not been paid off as we have not got the money to pay them off. Sunderland are even in a worse position despite receiving forty million in transfer fees and £45m in parachute payments. Their owner like ours are keeping the club alive from bankruptcy and that’s a fact so be grateful for Mike Ashley keeping the club alive until some wants to buy us but not much chance of that with the way you so called fans behave. In the city of London we are classed as do not buy partly due to the fans you protest .

          • Guest 2

            What a [email protected] you are. Go ahead and outline exactly when this club was going to go bankrupt? We still made a profit last season despite being relegated!
            You said he put 129 million in ‘to pay off the debts’. The club now has 144 million of debt – and it’s owed to St James Holdings (Mike Ashley).
            What the F does the City have to do with anything? The club is 100% owned by Ashley you tit.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            He put the club up for sale in the City of London with well known solicitors. After one year not one bid. Our club is classed as do not buy.
            Would you rather us pay Barclays £10m interest a year on the debt or have an interest free loan. Ashley kindly lent the club £36m for outstanding transfer fees and the stands.

          • Guest 2

            Wrong again. The mortgage on the ground was 45 million and it HAD to be repaid immediately on sale of the club/change of ownership. If you think Ashley wasn’t aware of that fact then you are a bigger numpty than your posts already prove.
            Who has ‘classed’ the club as ‘do not buy’? Again, you make things up with your ridiculous and childish grasp of facts. The only likely cause of a non sale or another investor coming on board is 10 the price is too high, 2) No one is prepared to partner with him, especially as not being the majority shareholder.

      • Geordiegiants

        He doesn’t put money in.

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          He put one hundred and twenty nine million in to pay off the debts thirty million owed in transfer fees so please show some respect

          • grantham mag

            10 years ago, He bought the golden goose, and he has milked ever since, If he ever invests In quality players instead of looking for a quick fix, this club will and could compete with the top four.

          • Geordiegiants

            That was ten years ago, and the 33 was for his own stupidity.

  • Rich Lawson

    Were you watching Merson,Owen,Lawrenson ? (Hats off to Paul Ince tho’ for some unexpected support)

  • Toonrobbybobson

    This is the most proud ive been of a set of players for a long time to wear our great shirt. They play for each other, the manager, the fsns, the shirt, the badge. They may be young but they are real men. When you think of the dross we have seen with big wages, signing fees etc its nice to have a team you feel deserved to be supported on the pitch.

    Thank you Rafa.

  • Bellamy

    Championship was tough for us because every team and every player raised their game against us coz we were the team to beat. Thats not the case in this league.

  • Let’s not get carried away here. We had a good run with solid team performance.
    We clearly see why Rafa wanted a striker as we still need to be more clinical in front of goal.
    If we don’t get many injuries or suspensions I don’t see why we can’t finish in the top half of the table.
    For me, anything above 10th place would be a massive season result.
    Bring on Brighton!