Third bottom Newcastle United thrashed second top Tottenham 5-1 at St. James’ Park today and that was even after we had Aleksandar Mitrovic sent off after 67 minutes with the score at 2-1.
But three unanswered goals saw this Rafa-coached Newcastle side take the London side apart, as we scored three goals in our final 20 minutes in the Premier League for at least 15 months.
Rafa’s name was chanted throughout the game, but alas he still seems cagey about staying on Tyneside and managing Newcastle in the second division.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager today
Rafa was asked what his heart was telling him – as he was interviewed on Sky Sports after the game:
“My heart is obviously telling me yes it is a fantastic opportunity, a fantastic atmosphere, everything is so good that my heart is very clear.”
“But at the same time you have to use the brain, both things have to go together. We talk with Lee Charnley, and then after we’ll see where we are.”
“I said I am quite open and I am quite pleased with everything, the staff, everything, now it’s just to be sure that we have to do what we have to do to be sure that we can go up if I stay here.”
“They know, we have been talking. I have the same feeling as the fans, they want a strong team next season to be sure we go up again.”
“The way and the ideas will not be difficult to have, to have similar ideas, but we have to sit down and make sure of everything.”
“Yes it was emotional day. Obviously when you have a lot of people behind you and see the players working as they were working, and everybody singing, it was very, very emotional.”
“I knew before it would be like this, and now we have to wait, start talking, and see what we’ll do in the future.”
“When you are under pressure you don’t play at the level you can play.”
“Today, without fear, we wanted to give the fans something back. We know the fans have been supporting the team in difficult circumstances. I’m really pleased for them, because they needed to see a performance like this.”
The good news is that Mike Ashley was at the game so hopefully Mike will be able to talk to Rafa either tonight or tomorrow and hopefully give Rafa what he wants.
But this performance by Newcastle will only bring news about what Rafa has done in the final six game o f the season to what had been a dysfunctional team before he arrived on Tyneside.
Rafa got one point from the first four games in charge and then 12 points from the last six games.
In contrast this is Steve McClaren’s record.
If only he had arrived earlier we would still be Premier League side.
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