Rafa Benitez was very happy with the win at Derby County tonight and it was a good professional performance from the lads.
Goals from Yoan Gouffran after 20 minutes and then from American DeAndre Yedlin in stoppage time were enough to propel us into second place in the Championship, 4 points behind Huddersfield who had a good 1-0 win at Leeds United today.
Yoan Gouffran scores the first goal
This is what a very pleased Rafa Benitez said after the game
“I was happy with both. To win was the most important thing but to keep a clean sheet is important for the defense and the goalkeeper.”
“I think that still we have plenty of room for improvement. The team is doing quite well but after a while we were under a bit of pressure. The team spirit was fantastic.”
“Our idea was to try and control the game. We know they can play well and play in between the lines. In the end it was a perfect result but it was a tough game.”
“If you want to go up and stay at the top of the table you have to work hard.” “Players who were here before, maybe they weren’t playing at the level expected.”
“Now they are doing everything to do well for the team, the club and the fans.” “Everyone now is trying hard and that’s the best news for the manager.”
“It was a great win for the players, the staff and the fans, but we still have plenty of room for improvement./em>
We would have been disappointed if Rafa – the perfectionist and workaholic – hadn’t mentioned there was room for improvement.
The manager has got the lads all working for each other and it seems to us that winning mentality Rafa keeps talking about – is starting to show through.
But it’s only one win and one game and the team has to be ready to go again at Loftus Road on Tuesday night – another very tough game for us.
But things are starting to look up – just a little.
Howay the Lads!!