Whatever Rafa Benitez does before the end of the season – two more wins in the last two games will surely mean we survive the drop – he has already transformed this Newcastle side and is busy internally transforming the club too.
Newcastle are now unbeaten in four games and have won two of them and collected 8 points and the next game is at relegated Aston Villa next Saturday.
Villa will not be an easy game however – and that will be what Rafa bangs into the players’ heads this week in training – but it is another must win game for Newcastle and we need to get all 3 points somehow.
Moussa Sissoko challenges Mile Jedinak yesterday
This is what captain Moussa Sissoko has said on the Newcastle web-site after the game:
“It was a crazy game. We scored, and then they had the penalty, then Karl made a big save – it was a fantastic game.”
“The atmosphere was good, and the fans were behind us from the beginning until the end.” “When you are a player, you like to play the game like today, so we are all happy.”
“The dressing room was very happy. “It was a tough game, but I think we showed some character. Andros scored a fantastic goal, and we keep going like in the last four games.”
“We played well, we showed some team spirit and we have more confidence now.”
“Today it was a massive game. With three games until the end of the season, we needed to win this game.”
“We knew Sunderland were playing away against Stoke City and Norwich would be playing against Arsenal.”
“We said if we win today, it would be massive for us.”
“We’ve got two games before the end of the season now, and we will do everything to win those games.”
“We need the fans. We know that this season has been very hard for us, for the fans, for the city – for everyone,” said the 26-year-old.”
“But now, we have two games left and we need everyone to stay in the Premier League.”
“They were behind us today, and that’s good. They will be behind us until the end of the season, and we need to keep fighting.”
“We need to stay focused on our job,” “We have another game on Saturday against Villa.”
“We knew they are already relegated, but I think in front of their fans they will try everything to win the game, but we will go there to fight and to come back with the three points.”
“We want to stay in the Premier League, so we need to give everything and win the game.”
You can see the Rafa Benitez mentality coming through in what Moussa and obviously the rest of the Newcastle players are thinking – it´s all positive and focused on doing the job.
If the lads can pull this great escape off, it will be remarkable to say the least, when all seemed lost after the Southampton debacle a short four weeks ago.
The worry next Saturday is it´s another away game – so we need to get our third away win of the season to match what we did at Tottenham and Bournemouth.
We´d even take the luck we got at Bournemouth to get this win – but if our lads play near the top of their game and fight like crazy like they did yesterday – a win is possible.
Howay The Lads!!