It wasn’t pretty but Newcastle got the win they desperately needed today against Crystal Palace and we are now on a surge to safety with 8 points from the last four games.
That’s about 25% of our points this season in just four games, but Rafa and the lads will now have a full week to prepare for the game at Villa Park next Saturday and that will be another cup final – and it will not be an easy game.
Rafa Benitez on the touchline today
The capacity crowd at Newcastle urged their side on and we saw a terrific goal from Andros Townsend, although Rafa says the former Spurs players could (should) have scored one or two more after that.
And Karl Darlow made the save of the season for Newcastle when he saved Yohan Cabaye’s penalty and that’s the first of ten penalties they have missed this season.
This is what our (great) manager Rafa Benitez said after the game:
“It was a great game for everyone.” “The team spirit and commitment, the connection between fans and players has given us a lift.”
“The main thing was to show character and win the game, after that Sunderland and Norwich could win. But that doesn’t matter! You have to do your job. We now concentrate on Aston Villa.”
“It was a fantastic winning goal, but it was a pity as well. Andros scored a great goal, but he could have scored one or two more.”
Newcastle are now going from losers under Steve McClaren and John Carver to winners under Rafa Benitez.
We have only won eight games all season, but two of them have come in the last four games and we must make that three in the last five games at Villa Park.
That could be the win that saves us this season – but we must get all 3 points somehow – it doesn’t have to be pretty.
Howay The Lads!!