You could see 23 years of management experience in action last night from Rafa Benitez and in the first 25 minutes of the game at Leicester the commentators on TV in the US (Arlo White and Tim Howard) were noting how well Newcastle were containing Leicester and closing them down at every opportunity.
But then Leicester sacred and it became more difficult, but Newcastle came at the Foxes in the second half and we were a bit unlucky and could (should) have had a penalty late in the game when Wes Moran clearly handled the ball in the penalty box.
Moussa Sissoko in action at Leicester
The question now is whether we have enough games left for Rafa to work his magic.
Or did the powers that be at the club keep Steve McClaren in power far too long to give him every chance to turn things around – after they had appointed him last summer?
What was very noticeable last night was that two of our stars who had been absent without leave in our away games this season – Moussa Sissoko and Gini Wijnaldum – both had good games and were fighting for the ball and prominent throughout the game.
They are both high up in the polling for our Man of the Match.
Rafa’s already got them playing much better – and the game last night was on the road – so we expect them to be even better against Sunderland on Sunday.
Their performances last night will have given them confidence because they did play well.
It was also good to see both Andros Townsend and Siem de Jong get a chance last night in the second half.
You could see how Rafa is so right when he has said many times we have some good players – and captain Jonjo Shelvey had another (very) good game and he also controlled his emotions well throughout this game.
Jonjo is currently leading in our Man of the Match poll – again.
The instant improvement last night under Rafa Benitez gives us considerable hope that we can pick up the wins we need to be safe over the final 9 games of this season.
And it even looks like Moussa and Gini (and Andros and Siem?) can be big players for us in doing just that.
Keep the faith – we can do it.