The Newcastle crowd was treated to a terrific Yoan Gouffran goal after 32 minutes that put Newcastle two goals up last night after Matt Ritchie had scored an excellent goal just three minutes earlier.
And then Matt Ritchie became the provider as he sent over a right wing cross and the Frenchman rifled the ball home in simply stunning style.
What a buy this Matt Ritchie is turning out to be!
And Yoan even gave a quick Alan Shearer type acknowledgement with his right arm raised after he scored – Yoan has obviously been looking at the new statue of Alan at St. James’ Park.
Great shot of Yoan Gouffran and Rafa Benitez last night
That was Yoan’s second goal of the season and he’s playing his best football ever at Newcastle under the watchful and very experienced eye of Rafa Benitez.
After the game Rafa talked about the player he is getting the very best out of since the 56 year-old Spaniard arrived on Tyneside last March.
This is what Rafa said about one of his favorite players:
“I am always happy when any player plays well, but in this case, Gouff has been working very hard from the beginning.”
“He didn’t know what would happen in the future, but he was still working hard so I am happy for him. He has been scoring great goals, especially from volleys, so that is good.”
“It is important for us, and for the players, to feel that there is a lot of competition.”
“That is good for everyone. The players know they have to go on the pitch and do their best, and it doesn’t matter about the competition or the game.”
“That is a key factor if we want to be strong and successfully manage the number of games we are going to play this year.”
“I was pleased with Gouff in pre-season.” “I was expecting some offers for him, but we had one and that was not good enough.”
“After that, I was expecting that another one would come, but we were watching him close and he was training really well.”
“I was talking with my staff and saying that it could be better to keep him.”
“I am really pleased for him, because when you have someone working so hard, he deserves some luck sometimes.”
Yoan seems to be one of Rafa’s favorite players because he works his socks off in training and also in the games.
He has said this season he’s really a striker and not a winger – and to prove that he’s scored two stunning goals from crosses when he hit the ball on the volley and it just flew into the back of the net.
Yoan is becoming a very important player for Newcastle United this season – that’s a fact.
Howay the Lads!!