Newcastle beat Norwich 4-3 two weeks ago yesterday in what was one of the most amazing finishes to a game ever seen at St. James’ Park.
Newcastle had been a goal down to Norwich at 3-2 for the last 20 minutes of the game and had been pressing for the equalizer, but heads never dropped and the lads kept going for that one point.
Aleksandar Mitrovic hoists Rafa Benitez off his feet after famous Norwich win
And it came five minutes into stoppage time as Yoan Gouffran headed home from a pinpoint DeAndre Yedlin cross.
The Norwich players heads dropped as they couldn’t hold on for what would have been a great win on the road for them and our 3rd home defeat this season.
But then the amazing happened as Shelvey lofted the ball upfield after the game had restarted and it came to Dwight Gayle just outside the penalty area and he must have had four or even more Norwich players around him.
But he somehow got off a shot that beat goalkeeper Michael McGovern to his left and Newcastle had won the game 4-3.
So in less than two minutes we had gone from losing 3 points to our promotion rivals to gaining 3 points on them – absolutely unbelievable – a 6 point turnaround in less than two minutes.
Mitro attacks Gayle after Dwight’s incredible winner
And after the game Norwich manager Alex Neil admitted he never wanted to come back to St. James’ Park ever again, after he had also lost a weird game last October at St. James’ Park by a score of 6-2 to Newcastle.
And Rafa has pointed to that win today as a sign that Newcastle players are together and that we have some great team spirit this season:
“I think the example the players on the bench gave to everyone was very positive for the future.” “Everybody was together.”
“Mitro celebrated with Gayle and then me.” “But to see players who had already come off or hadn’t came on was really good news for us.”
Next up for Newcastle is a home game against Brentford on Saturday and what team Rafa will put out is anybody’s guess (as usual) after the two week International has finally (thankfully) ended.
Brentford are 7th in the table with 18 points – 4 points behind Newcastle – and they have taken only 4 points (one win, one draw) from their five road games so far this season.
Newcastle need to win that game somehow and then we travel to Barnsley on Tuesday night .