Rafa Benitez knows the score.

Bottom line is, quality costs money.

Hard work can only get you so far and when that isn’t enough, days like today can happen.

No real lack of commitment or desire, just clueless in the final third.

Then when you are a goal down, as Rafa Benitez says, you open up to try and get back into the game but instantly you then are at risk of going two, or three, down.

Talking about the differences between the two teams on the day, the fact that West Ham spent around £100m with a net spend of £90m, whilst Mike Ashley insisted on a £20m+ profit this summer, might have something to do with it.

The NUFC boss declaring…’What they spend, what we spend…you can see that on the pitch.’

Only a month to go until this next transfer window opens and it isn’t exactly a state secret that any chance of Rafa Benitez staying beyond this season, rests on what happens in January.

The last four transfer windows have been a joke and not a funny one at that.

You can’t imagine in any circumstances Rafa hanging around any longer, if he is being asked to do an all but impossible job with no backing in the transfer market.

Money doesn’t guarantee success but not spending it does guarantee eventual failure at some point.

Rafa Benitez:

“It is very clear today again, take your chances and don’t make mistakes. Even after the first goal we had chances.

“They have spent the money on offensive players and they made the difference…

“When you are more open they have pace and can make the difference.

“We are working on that (signings in January) but it is a question of money.

“What they spend, what we spend…you can see that on the pitch.

“I cannot complain about the effort of the players, or the commitment, but again today we had chances, but they scored theirs.

“We cannot put our heads down. It is a battle. We will show the same character as we do in every game.

“You see the players that made the difference, they are top class players.

“Obviously it’s a reminder that still we can improve things (by buying players in transfer window) and we have to improve things.

“There are two ways: one is working harder and better, or bringing in players who on their own can make the difference.

“Arnautovic, Anderson, Snodgrass and Hernandez, four players and all of them have quality, all of them have pace, they have ability, that’s the point.

“It wasn’t just one player today.

“The four offensive players and the players in the middle that they had, they are quite good and will create problems against anyone.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 0 West Ham 3

Goal:

West Ham: Hernandez 11, 63 Anderson 90+3

Possession was West Ham 41% Newcastle 59%

Total shots were  West Ham 7 Newcastle 16

Shots on target were West Ham 4 Newcastle 4

Corners were  West Ham 3 Newcastle 7

Referee: Paul Tierney

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar, Fernandez, Manquillo, Ritchie (Atsu 54), Diame, Ki, Kenedy (Shelvey 70), Rondon, Perez (Joselu 78)

Unused Subs:

Woodman, Longstaff, Lascelles, Clark

Crowd: 51,853 (West Ham 3,200)

(Damning Alan Shearer verdict HERE)

(Newcastle 0 West Ham 3 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s defeat HERE)



  • Wezza

    Even the trolls can’t spin that.
    #ASHLEYOUT!

    • Leazes.

      Ryder and Douglas can.

    • Rabid Dog

      Moscow Monk won’t need to spin it. He will just make up lies.

      • Kneebotherm8

        And Perez will be man of the match according to him….

        • Rabid Dog

          Yes

        • Wezza

          Yes or he will just say Perez was our top scorer last season like it is a get out of jail free card. Thankfully I have the troll blocked!

  • Rabid Dog

    I have to say tho. I was a bit puzzled about subbing Richie and Kenedy. Perez shouldn’t have seen the second half.

    • panther

      Game was lost when Atsu came on

    • JohnnyH

      Agree about Perez, although the only other like for like replacement was the hoss, who couldn’t get a game for Stoke.
      That’s how bad we are.

      • molend

        Have to disagree to some extent. Joselu, Perez ,Ritchie, Kenedy, Atsu, Manquillo, Diame, Murphy. That’s how bad we are

    • porciestreet

      Perez shouldnt have seen the first half…how many should he have had this week eh….?

      • Mrkgw

        Porciestreet, Rabid Dog – both absolutely right there. Desperate. Quite how Perez, Joselu, Manquillo and Atsu get anywhere the team is absolutely baffling. Yes, there is massive underinvestment but Rafa keeps on playing these lads. I’d sooner see him field the odd reserve as lets face it, they couldn’t do much worse than those mentioned. And to think of the players shipped out over the months…… Remarkable.

        • panther

          Cal Roberts is looking good, and Eli’s banging them in

        • Ram Kishore

          I am just wondering why Rafa doesn’t start or give Murphy sub appearances or the bench.
          I don’t really understand what’s the point in signing him for 11m back in 2017.

  • BigHairyDog

    Rafa could write that in 10 foot high letters on Ashley’s living room wall and it still wouldn’t make an ounce of difference.

    11 years, 2 relegations, being out spent by teams in the Championship….and still people defend Mike Ashley.

    • porciestreet

      Theyre ar**h*les and pathetic with it .
      FATBASTADOOT.
      HWTL..

  • RO-bert

    There won’t be any money to spend in January, the ‘takeover talks’ will resurface to keep everyone quiet until the window closes.

    We’ll still manage to sell a few though, gotta keep those books balanced.

    Then the chronicle can start it’s ‘who we can sign in the summer’ to try and convince us we are going to spend.

    Even on the radio after the match they were saying we won’t have cash to spend on a high end striker

    • Wezza

      Yep and we will not because of pure malevolence. He is taking every penny from us rather than giving Rafa “every penny generated”

      Still not going to boycott?
      Our owner gave all NUFC fans two fingers.
      Noted is his latest absence = PR (stay away now mike cos we need to make them think your sorting out a sale)
      I’ll break down every bit of lies from the KBA. Scum.

    • MadMag83

      Rinse and repeat. The only​ way Rafa is getting money in January is if he sells more of the crown jewels. Sell Ritchie, Lascells, etc and Ashley will give him £4m to spend!

  • Martin

    No disgrace to any of our players but beaten by a better team. No mystery. If we played that West Ham team again I would expect the same result.

    • Danimal

      I looked at the line ups and thought…if enough of their players have an off day we might be ok. Same as Bournemouth and Watford. Sadly, this time it didn’t happen. The odds are stacked against us in almost every match. There’s only so often we can defy them.

      • toonnap

        Didnt think there was actually ,such between the teams but rafa was out thought today plus they had striker who had a good day. To say they needed enough players to have an off day seriously overstates there team compared to ours.

        • Danimal

          Arnautovic, Anderson and Hernandez would stroll into our first eleven. While we’re sending on Atsu and Joselu to beef things up, they can afford to leave Andy Carroll on the bench.

        • Malcolm Fisher

          3-0 say´s it all

    • Jonas

      that’s it really, we should be getting beat 0-3 off a team with their outlay compared to ours – because of that, frustrating as it is, i can’t take it out on the players or manger – almost always they give their all.

      • Steven05

        This is all down to one individual, and he’s not part of the playing or the coaching staff

  • East Durham Mag

    Your just whistling Dixie Rafa, Fatty doesn’t care and doesn’t want to hear or listen.

  • Geordiegiants

    I don’t want his money, I want him out!

    • Steven05

      Bringing in players to improve the squad in January is just prolonging the misery

  • Paul Patterson

    It’ll fall on deaf ears.. 👂👂👂

  • Alreet

    Its all he can do. Point out blinding failures in comparison.

    Nothing we can do till the FCB gets a buyer and sods off down the M1

  • East Durham Mag

    No Trolls defending him saying he has spent millions and taken nowt back as he is such a benevolent human being?

  • Wezza

    He won’t get backed in January!

    • Chris-Chapple

      wasting his time

      • Realist

        Wezza replying to himself.

  • Leicester Mag

    See the support through thick and thin brigade starting to surface. Trotting out the same true supporters turn up whatever line, castigating those who choose to protest. Have to wonder if this is a genuine view, simple trolling or something more sinister?

    • Leazes.

      Where are you from originally Leicester?

      • Leicester Mag

        Close to Chester le Street

        • Leazes.

          I’m still looking for fans of United from Newcastle….. maybe we are the ones who have a total boycott…. just a thought, I think most United fans are from out of town. I bet there’s not 20k in that crowd from Newcastle.

          I thought that maybe because of your stance you were actually from Newcastle.

          • Leicester Mag

            Well I lived close enough that for close to 30 years even after I moved I hardly missed a game and those I did largely were due to Sky. I lived close enough to go to a league cup game vs Oxford that was abandoned with only about 9000 there. Watched my share of c5ap but I can’t stomach the cynical approach we see now where we consciously choose not to compete.

          • Leazes.

            I did a bit of a reccy today…..There’s a heck of a lot inside the ground from Sunderlands catchment area….. I don’t think its to our advantage.

          • Big Al 1967

            Heaton lad now living in Whitley Bay. Took to my seat in the eleventh minute just after they scored. Rough estimate a maximum 2000 did likewise
            Quite frankly amazed at the amount of booing that took place when we did take our seats. No doubt from the same people who began leaving the stadium with 15 minutes to go.
            I will not be there next Sunday and if people do choose to attend that is their prerogative. However if you are one of those ‘support the team not the regime’ people then actually do so instead of sitting on your hands because from the bowels of the East Stand for those 11 minutes other than the odd roar you would not have known there was a game taking place.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            Interesting in a depressing way. I’ll be doing the boycott next week and would have done the 11th minute walk in had I of been there but I was away and after reading your account I’m glad I wasn’t at the match. We’re such a divided fanbase (which suits Ashley down to the ground) and I can understand those that felt they couldn’t do the walk in but I can’t get my head around the mentality of those booing fans trying to show a united defiance against Ashley who continues to take the pi55 out of our club and city, worse yet they’re happy to mouth off but then take part in a mass exodus when we go 0vs3 down. Hypocrites. Was there seriously that much booing?

          • Big Al 1967

            I sit in the East Stand close to the Gallowgate and from where I was it was VERY noticeable.
            And there in lies the problem. We fans are massively divided and while it remains that way Ashley has us over a barrel and is quite happy to continue laughing at us and showing us utter contempt

          • Malcolm Fisher

            Sheep,when Ashley finally leaves,no doubt they will say,Iwas there for the 11th min.walk in,I boycotted the wolves game,I did this I did that but don´t have the mentality or guts to fight against him…Shame on them

          • Toontaff

            They scored dead on 11 minutes. The biggest cheer was when Perez went off!

          • panther

            Because the fans are trying to starve the disease

          • Kenny

            S/Shields, Durham, Washington are split, some support Newcastle some the Mackems, my pal in Washington who supports Newcastle has 2 sons one of them Newcastle the other Sunderland.

          • panther

            Probably right there, don’t know many who are feeding Ashley

    • Big Al 1967

      The booing that took place when we took to our seats in the 11th minute says it all.

      • Mrkgw

        Nightmare scenario whereby supporters turn against each other. Protest or not, we all share a common goal which is to see the deplorable one leave our club. ASHLEY OUT!

        • Damon Horner

          There is a great divide between fans. Sometimes I can’t blame people for the stick that gets dished out for not blindly following the protests when there are some doubts.

      • Toontaff

        Might have been that they scored dead on 11 minutes?

        • Big Al 1967

          Nope, West Ham were already on their way back to the centre circle to utter silence. The booing only started when people began taking their seats

    • Leazes.

      Its not a brigade Leicester…. its one troll doing what trolls do.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    It’s neither here nor there because Rafa will get precious little to spend in January.
    How many times has the man re-iterated the same thing every window since his arrival only to be turned over constantly.
    It could be he is the victim of his own stickability with Ashley knowing he will not walk away despite the fact he is getting shafted time and time again !

    Basically Ashley has Carte Blanche to hang him out to dry because he does nothing about it.

    • Malcolm Fisher

      Yeah,he should have done a Keegan

  • tom

    he’ll get 10 mill to spend and we’ll still stay up. Just keep faith in Rafa that glory eyed sexy magician

    • Danimal

      Possibly. Then he’ll leave.

  • Jonas

    Good advert for the Wolves protest.

  • Kenny

    My money is on 4,000 at the most boycotting the game against Wolves next Sunday when you really need at least 15,000 to make an impact. I was with a few season ticket holders last night and my mates have said they won`t be going & i know they`ll keep their word.
    watch it a home or in the pub support the boycott or suffer another decade of
    Ashley.

    • Damon Horner

      My money is on another decade of Ashley before fan actions makes him decide to leave.

      • Kenny

        The opportunity is there to show contempt for the Rat & his rotten regime, I doubt it’ll be taken

        • Damon Horner

          If it was as simple as give him stick and watch him waddle off we’d probably all be doing it for sure. I reckon we’re on a path that makes us look like the bad guys right now from a perception point of view.

          • Geordiegiants

            I don’t think anyone thinks he is going to leave over a boycott. They are trying to stir the hornets nest and court controversy, bring the situation to light. Sitting doing fuck’all certainly isn’t going to get us anywhere.

          • Damon Horner

            We just have to be careful we don’t look like the bad guys in my view because I’m worried we’re heading in to the “demanding Geordies” territory.

          • Geordiegiants

            I get what your saying but what would you suggest?

          • deadtrail 74

            Interesting to note Fatley didn’t go on Saturday and the TV’s were off under the stands. Shows that someone’s keeping an eye on the protesters plans. Which makes you think the protesters don’t need to do to much to get a reaction from the Clinicaly Obese one.

          • Geordiegiants

            No doubt about it.

  • West Ham setup exactly like we would have if we were away but Chicharito, Arnautovic and Anderson were on form today and in all fairness, West Ham’s defence didn’t make a single error all game.
    We still don’t have the quality to unlock tight defences and our decision making in the final third cost us a way back in the game.
    We were really predictable, with either crosses to Rondon, or trying to line up a shot outside the box.
    Perez’s finishing is so bad this season, he shouldn’t start next time. He was, phenomenal as usual, stealing a lot of balls from defenders in their own half, and setting up chachaces.
    Bottom line is, we need wingers who can cut inside and score the odd goal, and we need a pacy striker who can run behind defenders.

    • Toontaff

      Arnautovic was not match fit – or it could have been 6!

      • Yup, we couldn’t cope with them at all, yet produced nothing on the other end except a few half chances.

  • mactoon

    I know he’s saying these things in order to try and get Ashley to spend some money but it’s hardly helping the players’ confidence telling everyone the players we have aren’t good enough
    I hope he’s telling them in private why he’s saying the things he is so they don’t take it personally

    • Malcolm Fisher

      They should take it personally! there´s 5/6 players out there who know they are not good enough for this league but have been very,very fortunate in ending up here on execellent wages and long contacts.Oh I should have been so lucky.

      • mactoon

        So if you were a manager you would motivate your staff by saying you’re clearly not good enough I am going to replace you?

  • Albert Stubbins

    That pitch for money has fallen on death ears for the last four transfer windows. Your flogging a dead horse Rafa. You need another tactic. Maybe at your next press conference you should simply hold a sign up saying your boss is a T*** !!

  • Vodkamagpie

    You have to play your best players, and shelvey wasn’t playing. We lost a game that was 50/50, could of went either way, but wasn’t our day. Rafa has to get shelvey back in the team, the best possible way is 352 formation.