Newcastle for the second game running got a hard-earned draw against a top side in form – this time the draw was at Liverpool where our lads made a remarkable comeback to get a 2-2 draw after being 2-0 down after only 30 minutes and 1-0 down after only a couple of minutes.
After the game the Newcastle manager was pleased, but we still gave away a sloppy goal after only 68 seconds to Daniel Sturridge, when we had two men marking the Liverpool striker but he was allowed to turn and rifle the ball home with his left foot..
Rafa Benitez – thumbs up after the game
This is what the Newcastle manager said immediately after the game:
“It was emotional. The fans, the city, the club, I have a very good relationship with Liverpool. It was emotional because the fans sang my name and afterwards they sang my name. I was pleased to have that reaction and I was pleased to get a point against a very good team.”
“You never know how important the point will be. We have to do our job in the other games. The reaction of the team shows they still believe. Hopefully the next games, the fans will continue to show their support against Crystal Palace and we can get more points.”
“We have to keep going. I have told the players it is important to understand that the reaction is only part of the way and that it is more important not to make mistakes and allow the other teams to go ahead at the beginning of games.”
“We lost at Leicester, didn’t play well against Southampton and started to improve against Norwich. We needed to show character and the belief we showed against Manchester City was there again here.”
“We did it and that is the positive thing.”
“More than shouting at them they had to realise how we have to play if we want to stay up. I said so many times since I was here, that they have trained really well and they needed confidence.”
“They have shown confidence and character and passion.”
“We have seen that in the last few games.”
Rafa and his coaches will have their work cut out in this coming week to further tighten the Newcastle defense, so we can get better for the final three matches of the season.
But Rafa is only concerned about the next game – at home to Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace next Saturday – and somehow getting all 3 points in that game.
We need a sell-out crowd of 52,300 mad screaming Geordies in that game at St. James’ Park.
It looks like if we can get three wins in the last three games at home to Palace and Tottenham and on the road at Aston Villa – we can now survive.
But that will be very tough given we only have 7 wins all season.