Rafa Benitez kept Dwight Gayle and Mo Diame in the side for tonight’s game against Norwich City even though they missed several chances at Aston Villa on Saturday.
But Rafa has managed close to 1,000 games (982 to be exact) and he knows when players should be dropped and when to keep them in the side.
And Rafa was rewarded by keeping Dwight in the side with three excellent goals from the former Crystal Palace striker – he now has 7 goals for the season.
Rafa Benitez on the touchline tonight
Newcastle took a deserved lead in the first half after we had been dominating the game but then we gave away a penalty just before half time so it was just 1-1 at the break.
Norwich then scored two goals in the first 24 minutes of the second half to go 3-1 up before an amazing comeback that saw Newcastle score two goals in the last two minutes of stoppage time to win the game.
This is what Rafa Benitez said after the amazing game tonight:
“I said the other day that against Aston Villa, he had one or two clear chances and things could have been different.”
“Every striker will have those situations, and I will always try to give confidence to a striker as long as he continues working.”
“It is not just about scoring goals.” “He has been working hard – he had chances in the first half – and then his goals came in the second half.”
” I’m really pleased for him, and really pleased for the team.”
“You never know how important this could be,” “It is still early, but if you win and you win in this way, it is a boost for everyone. It is a boost for the players and the fans.”
“You have to give credit for the players because their work rate and spirit – everything you are looking for – you could see.”
“You could see all of those things.”
It was an amazing win by the lads – simply an unbelievable fight-back.
The players – all of them – deserve great credit – and this win could turn out to be really big one for us and give the lads the confidence to put together a good winning streak.
Howay The Lads!!