Rafa Benitez is a very astute manager and after the game on Saturday, as usual, he had some inciteful comments to make about Newcastle´s display, which was poor in that first half but much improved after the break once Rafa had made a few changes.
And Newcastle got the all important win – maybe the most important result for us so far this season, because we gained 2 points on Sunderland and now seem to have a chance to survive, if we can win our last two games.
Rafa Benitez on the sidelines on Saturday
This is what Rafa said after the game:
“We can’t win the game if we just fight.” “We have to play football so we tried to move the ball on the floor and you could see the difference with the chances we created and control we had.”
“They were still dangerous with second balls but we were much better in possession.” “The fans are amazing.”
“They are always with me, with the team, hopefully it will be the same against Tottenham and they can make the difference.”
“We didn’t play well in the first half but it wasn’t an easy game.”
“Physically Palace are stronger than us you can see the size of their players so we had to play a bit better with the ball and we improved in the second half.”
Sunderland are also getting some decent results of late, but in the last four games we have now gained 3 points on Sunderland and let´s hope we can keep it up in our last two games of the season.
It´s going to be very tough but it´s at least possible now.