Newcastle are back on track again and the performance last night against Wolves was so much better than on Saturday – and certainly Rafa didn’t mess around with his selection as he made 8 changes to the side that lost so poorly on Saturday.
Rafa brought in a whole new defense with Karl Darlow getting a chance in goal and our two new full-backs DeAndre Yedlin and Achraf Lazaar both making their first starts for the club.
The central defense pair was Grant Hanley and Ciaran Clark and for so many changes that were made Newcastle seems to play well as a team.
Daryl Murphy also made his debut up front.
Daryl Murphy – made his debut last night
It’s the defense that Rafa wants to build this new Newcastle side on and that’s why he seemed so upset after the game on Saturday when it was two bad mistakes that gifted Wolves their two goals and the shock win.
The defense was solid last night and once again goalkeeper Karl Darlow surely should get a string of game in the first team – when he had these last season after Rob Elliot had been injured – he showed what a very good goalkeeper he can become on Tyneside.
We were also delighted to see such a big crowd at the game but maybe it was the unifying words of Rafa Benitez at his press conference on Monday afternoon when he asked everybody to stay behind the team through thick and thin.
The crowd was 34,735 and that’s an excellent crowd in anybody’s book for a cup tie on a Tuesday evening.
So Rafa has demonstrated that a completely different team can play well. as he gets the players knowing exactly what they have to do in every single position when they play for this new Newcastle side.
It was a good win and we are now in the last 16 of the EFL Cup and maybe we will draw Preston at home in the 4th round?
But one interesting question is what will Rafa’s team be for Villa Park on Saturday and especially the defense.
But whoever starts on Saturday will know they will have to play very well to keep their places as the competition for places at Newcastle is greater than it’s been in years.
Sounds good to us.
A good day at the office last night – and a good contrast to Saturday – which is what we all wanted..