Rafa On What Newcastle Learned And How The Team Played

Newcastle did well to come back last night and have a fairly convincing 2-0 win against Wolves and move into the last 16 of the EFL (League) Cup and the draw for the 4th round is at around 9:30 pm tonight – so we’ll see who we get int he next round.

Rafa, the coaches and the players seemed to have done  a lot of work in short time period to learn form the many mistakes the lads made on Saturday in losing our first game in seven to Wolves by a 2-0 scoreline.

Goals in the first half from Matt Ritchie and Yoan Gouffran were enough to get us through the tie.


Rafa Benitez on the touchline last night

But this will be an excellent learning exercise for the team that we have to tun up in every single game whether we have won, lost or drawn the previous game.

And we missed lots of chances in that second half otherwise the scoreline would have been a lot more impressive than just 2-0.

A pleased Rafa Benitez was asked on nufcTV if the team had learned from Saturday’s game:

“Yeah, I think so. We analyzed Saturday’s game and we were prepared for this approach.”

“Afterwards, they changed and played with two big lads up front, but still we managed to make some changes so I was really pleased with the reaction of the team.”

“I think it was important to show that we’re good enough to win these kind of games, and we did it.” “We changed players and still the team did a good job so I was really pleased.”

“We go through, we played quite well and we scored great goals.”

“To start the game well is always really important for the confidence; for some players, it was their debut so to have everyone involved and doing well in the end was a key part of their success.”

“I think the fans enjoyed the night, especially the two goals. The goals were great. It’s important to go through, but scoring these kind of goals is even better for everyone in the stadium.”

“Winning gives you more confidence, so hopefully we will have high confidence for the game against Aston Villa and do well.”

Next up are two really important league games at Villa Park on Saturday and at home to Norwich City next Wednesday night.

So we meet the two teams that were relegated with us last May.

It would be really good to get two wins in those games.

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