Rafa Benitez must have had all kinds of thoughts flying around his head at the final whistle.

Ending an away game with a point when you have been so far, especially having to play the last half an hour with only 10 men, usually you would pretty content.

However, Cardiff look very much as though they lack Premier League quality and look very likely to justify their pre-season billing as hot relegation favourites.

Muto looked to have brought a large chunk of unexpected sunshine in the direction of Rafa Benitez, only for the penalty he won to be wasted by Kenedy’s disappointing spot-kick.

Comparing last season’s challenge with this new campaign, the Newcastle boss declares ‘Other teams have spent a lot of money on players…so it is new competition.’

The fact even Cardiff had a net spend this summer some £50m higher than Newcastle’s is a sobering thought.

Money doesn’t buy you guaranteed success but when you see a club such as Fulham with a £115m higher net spend than Rafa Benitez was allowed, you have to understand where he is coming from when stating ‘I told the players that we have to fight in every game, fight until the end of the season, a simple message but also a very clear one.’

Obviously, we all hope that once again Rafa will be able to overcome what the transfer spending table shows, when it comes to getting results.

However, you have to accept that as the Newcastle manager says, this season is a new level of competition, with pretty much every one of our competitors once again investing more money on their squad than Mike Ashley has allowed.

Rafa Benitez reflecting on goalless draw at Cardiff:

“We lost two games in the Championship and then won the league, we also lost the first two last year and finished tenth…so it could be positive for us to have one extra point (after two matches).

“However, we want to win every game, especially against the teams who we know will be close to you (at the end of the season).

“I think we were working so hard and that we deserved at least a point.

“We had a chance with the penalty in the final minute, so we could have got three points from a very difficult game in which we only had 10 players for a while, we had to change the system and positions because of problems at right-full-back.

“So we have to be happy with the performance of the team…but we know we have to improve things.

“I told the players that we have to fight in every game, fight until the end of the season.

“A simple message but also a very clear one.

“We have to work really hard, try to use the quality we do have to make the difference in these types of games.

“Other teams have spent a lot of money on players…so it is new competition, we have to reach the same standards, if not higher, again.

“We know that every game is different and the next games are against top sides (Chelsea, Man City, then Arsenal).

“We have to have a different approach to those games and hopefully manage them in the way that we managed some of these games last year.

“We have the belief and confidence that if we work very, very hard, we can get results.”



  • Monkseaton Magpies

    To be fair we should be sitting on four points as Cardiff did not have a shot on target.
    Then everyone would have been happy except the usual suspects on here you will never be happy. The Mag was created for moaners and it certainly moans. Top of the league for that.

    • Nivenesque

      At least get the points total right if you’re going to troll. A win instead of a draw gives you 3 points, not 4. Idiot.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Three for the Cardiff game and one for Spurs that is what we have deserved this season.

        • Kenny

          Lunatic

        • SuperDesHamilton

          You get what you pay for we pay nothing & get nothing

          • Garry Norman

            Hence Fulham and West ham having spent loads have loads of points, oh, wait………

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Aye that’s it season over after two games. You do know spending money strengthens the team which Inturn wins games so you finish higher up the table…see how that works?

            Nahhh we’ll just write off two teams that have tried to better themselves because they haven’t won two games

          • Vodkamagpie

            That is questionable. Have you seen west ham play, and 40mil Anderson , oh my, they got some big problems. I would pick atsu ahead of Anderson every week

          • SuperDesHamilton

            I watch Serie A religiously & I could of told everyone he isn’t worth that, ever wondered why he never got a top top club he has a good game 1 in 6.

            But then again they did sign other players & 1 player doesn’t make a team so one will tell, having options can pay dividends

          • Vodkamagpie

            Do you watch the German league, yarmelenko doesn’t look to impressive . How about the Brazilian, Portuguese leagues etc

          • SuperDesHamilton

            German league is Rubbish it’s almost as bad as the English for lack of technical ability. Yarmelenko played for a BVB team in the midst of transition with 3 managers so can’t look into that too much. Portuguese league I’ll only bother with Benfica on premier sports what’s that got to do with anything?

          • Vodkamagpie

            My football knowledge is fine thank you. Spotting players like firmino, mane, Ruben neves, etc etc. All you seem to do is claim that you watch different leagues, which isn’t that impressive. You may take time to adapt to the english league, but I atleast expect you to run, work hard, effort, which clearly is lacking from Anderson . Solano’s numbers, 24,15, 4

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Are jealous I know more? how can I claim when I’m superior to you. I’d never seen Firmino like I said I don’t watch German football. You & Pelligrini should take that up with Anderson then. Solano could be number 10000 and a couldn’t care less either way

          • Vodkamagpie

            You get so called fans who think they are right. But in actual fact, they know very little .

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Don’t be too harsh on yourself, sure you get a few things right

          • Vodkamagpie

            On a serious note. I assume you one of many fans that have complained about Newcastles transfer business in the last window, correct?. Here’s a question for you, with all the transfers that has been made by all clubs, if you had to choose 6 players out of all those transfers that you think Newcastle should of signed , realistically under 30mil. Since your general knowledge of football is so outstanding .

          • SuperDesHamilton

            What was that in English? I’ll reply when I understand a just don’t talk mong.

          • Vodkamagpie

            All clubs had bought, loaned, free transfers, that came into their squad this seaseon. If you had to pick the six best acquisitions involved in this season’s transfer window, who would it be.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            For their given fees?

          • Vodkamagpie

            Yes!. Example, Newcastle should of bought maddison 24mil, whilshere free, Diop 22mil, hart 3.5mil, ings loan with 20mil fee agreed, digne 18mil etc etc. That is an example , not my selections

          • SuperDesHamilton

            I’ll have to have a look

          • Kneebotherm8

            Our options in the fullback position are absolute sht……..no quality or quantity……one injury and we’re goosed…..

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Exactly Benitez had to get bodies in simply because the money fatty was giving him would buy no one of any kind of quality. A tell you what though he’s got some agent Manquillo

          • Kneebotherm8

            Paid £5 million for him?…….unbelievable…..but he’s the cover for our right back and left back……just shows what a starvation of funds to the manager leaves you with…..Ashley is fckn Benitez up big style…….all part of his plan to get Rafa out the door….

          • SuperDesHamilton

            He’ll be on a rock bottom wage for a prem player so another reason he was signed. Once the season is over fatty will be buzzing he doesn’t have to pay £6 million a year for Benitez when he can pay some English jounnyman manager 200k a year

          • Kneebotherm8

            Always short term……he’ll wait till Xmas….again…to see if we’re in the sht……gambler to the last…..17th is always success in his eyes and no more…

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Just the absolute bare minimum & I mean bare, to protect himself

          • HarryHype59

            Mbemba and Mbabu looked better players at right back than Manky. Yet Rafa got rid of them both.

          • Kneebotherm8

            Surprised at Mbabu especially……..there was talk of Man U being interested in signing him after his good season in Switzerland last year….

          • Benmagpie

            But people are righting is off because we haven’t won two games. And we did spend money, just not a lot like some other teams, so does that imply that there’s a finite amount that guarantees winning games and getting higher up the league? In the case of man city I would say yeah they’re probably guaranteed to win the league because they can and do buy whoever they want whenever they want courtesy of a country’s gdp. But really what’s the amount that guarantees? We spent 15 million on Owen and it was a disaster in the end, but we spent peanuts comparatively on Andy Cole who was an amazing success. I think either way, whether teams have spent or not spent, two games is too early to say. Then if we’re still looking shyte by Xmas Ashley will panic buy to protect his asset. Because I’m pretty sure we’ll be sold soon 👍

          • Benmagpie

            Us not is. Effing autocorrect.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            So you answered your question then. I’m not saying one player though am I? Do you think that squad is good & fit for purpose? Do you think that squad is the best possible In the league? How dare other teams spend money & try to compete people like you absolutely salivating for them all to fail because then you can say your rotund hero’s model works.

          • Benmagpie

            Not sure if this reply was meant for me but I’m absolutely not an Ashley supporter. I’ve never said that I am on this or any other blog. What I do know is we’re stuck with him and his ownership style until we are sold. Which I believe will be soon. I love Newcastle United and want to see us do well, whoever is on the pitch, whoever the manager is. I have never mentioned that I prefer ‘scrapping around for rubbish’. You’re putting words in my mouth that I’ve never believed or said. I want us to compete with the best. Of course I do. And I don’t believe it’s appropriate to imply that Dubravka, Kenedy, and Rondon are the result of ‘scrapping around for rubbish’. This time next year I hope we have a new owner and Rafa with a decent transfer kitty.
            HTL

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Too much to read at this time in the morning, make it smaller or I’ll fall asleep

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Cole & Owen transfer fee comparison is weird considering there more than a decade apart so I don’t the relevance, theirs a thing called inflation so now what we paid as a record fee for Owen is an average fee for a big standard top flight player. But you obviously think scrapping around looking for rubbish is the way forward

          • HarryHype59

            I expect them both to finish higher than NUFC over the course of the season. Fatty has been playing a form of “jenga” with his cost cutting each window. The £25m he generated from this window is one brick from the tower too many and it has collapsed.

            Cardiff are poor and will be relegated. This team looks as bad as them. Continuous cost cutting in pursuit of short term profit will result in a third relegation and the loss of £100m TV money.

        • panther

          you dont get what you deserve, you have to outscore the other team, which will be a big challenge this season

    • SuperDesHamilton

      I wish a had drugs you’re on Monkseaton, I really do.

      • Kneebotherm8

        😂😂

        • SuperDesHamilton

          Them dealers must be making a fortune off him on fantasy island

          • Kneebotherm8

            That little dwarf off fantasy island supplying him like,is he?……….he’s the spit of Dennis Wise…….😂😂

          • SuperDesHamilton

            The plane, the plane!!!

          • Kneebotherm8

            😂😂

    • panther

      but were not were on one, I should have won the lottery, but i missed out on a few numbers

  • Wezza

    The anti Newcastle press will probably tell him to stop moaning.. to those I say… see the truth and think again. MA has and will take millions from us and this summer was no exception. Where has the money gone? Out of the club, maybe on HOF, maybe in his Holdings accounts.
    That aside almost every other club has spent and improved while we sold off, replaced for cheap, bargain bin dipped and loaned… all the while not breaking our 13 year transfer record and making a huge profit for MA. Every penny indeed.
    MA is a cancer.

    • Leazes.

      Ryder has ‘laid into’ Wise and Keys saying its just a wind-up….. I wonder how he explains Bellamy, Ameobi, Jenus et al, as well…..

      ….. and why these people are so lacking in the facts surrounding Ashley?

      Something to do with his newspapers backing of the original ‘club in debt’ myth!

      • wheyayeman

        There was a time when I considered you a miserable a#se now I think you are about the most balanced and considered voice on here.

  • Leazes.

    Not spending money virtually guarantees something or other, what is it…..tip of my tongue….. the ‘entertainers’…. no that’s not it….’European Place’….nope…..Cup Glory…. no….what is that phrase?

    It’ll come to me….

    • toonterrier

      Doom and gloom.

    • panther

      does it begin with an R?

  • S.G.M.

    Rafas dodgy selection process the main cause for concern, yet again.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      He isn’t innocent by all means but what can he do, magic money out of thin air & buy a few players?

    • panther

      can only work with what he’s got, holding Muto back as sub almost worked, his pace worried their tired legs and won a pen

  • Kenny

    Looks like a 10 men behind the ball job for the next 3 league matches & if they get past them there is always the bus to contend with

  • SuperDesHamilton

    A team from Egypt called Pyramids F.C. has spent more than us….Pyramids F f**k*** C!!!! What a despressing sobering thought, anyone who can’t see what fatty is doing is on his pay roll or tongue punching his fart box

    • Kenny

      😠

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Just a bit more depression Kenny 👎🏻

    • steven musgrave

      Are their fans called the tomb army

      • SuperDesHamilton

        😂😂😂😂😂 here, a really really like it!

  • Derek M

    I agree, Mike Ashley and the cost of the players is the sole reason as to why we didn’t beat Cardiff. Forget about coaching the players, team selection, man management, tactics and substitutions, they’re all over-rated.

    No way this is Rafa’s fault in any way or form.

    • ghostrider

      That must go for Man Utd then, against Brighton…right?
      And West Ham.
      And all the teams below us as it stands.

      Would this be fair?

      • wheyayeman

        What a prize k#ob you are

        • Big Hairy Man

          He’s Ashley hoop-licker extraordinaire.

  • Mrkgw

    Yes Rafa, other teams have spent a lot of money and it’s scandalous that Ashley refuses to invest in the club. By the same token however, new signings are left on the bench to accomodate lesser options that have already had umpteen chances and blown them. Rafa is way to stubborn for his own good.

    • Down Under Mag

      If he doesn’t think they are match fit because they missed pre-season because the money men wouldn’t sanction the signings earlier then that is also his decision. Perhaps he figured Rondon would make more of an impact coming on later in the game but thanks to Haydens indiscretion the managers plans changed. I think things were wrong all over the pitch and one or two changes were not going to effect this. I think dropping Joselu after he scored the only goal ast week and played pretty well would also have been very harsh.

    • Mike Adam

      Exactly, never Rafa’s fault, is it?

  • Spoon_Army

    Rafa needs to take it on the chin. Team should be playing better than it is. We blew it.