It Was A Tough Game – Rafa Pleased Players Showed This

It was a really tough game at Deepdale today and it wasn’t like we were not expecting it.

The Lilywhites put Newcastle under pressure in the first half and we were thankful to in-form goalkeeper Karl Darlow for making some good saves when he had too.

He was alos assisted by some dogged defending by the Newcastle back four.

Newcastle were much improved in the second half and when we had gone 2-0 up after 71 minutes with two very good goals from Aleksandar Mitrovic, Preston came back and put Newcastle under pressure and scored after 90 minutes.


Rafa Benitez at Deepdale today

The referee played over 9 minutes of stoppage time when six minutes had been allotted – and Preston hit the post very late in added time.

This was not an easy game for Newcastle and we were not at our best, but Rafa had warned that Preston would be much improved from Tuesday night – and he was right about that.

But the gaffer was pleased with the character shown by the Newcastle players today:

“I am really pleased with the team because we are doing well away.” “The players showed character and in the whole game we did well defending.”

“They were pushing and we had to defend.” “In the first half they were pushing and we couldn’t stop the defenders getting it across the box and challenging for the first and second ball.”

“In the second half, we were much better. We had more space and we did well until the end, when we had the extra 15 minutes or whatever it was!”

“The most important thing was we defended well and got the three points.” 

“It’s not easy when a team is pushing and you are challenging for the first and second ball and they are so close.”

“It is impossible to keep the ball on the floor and move it.” “So credit to them they were doing what they wanted to do.”

“The referee sometimes allows that type of game.” “We did well with the pressure and in the second half we used our quality to make the difference.”

Bottom line – it was a good professional display this afternoon and now we have won all six games in October in all competitions and Rafa should be the Championship manager of the month.

In those 6 games we scored 17 goals and conceded two.

Next up at home next Saturday are Cardiff City and we can take nothing for granted in that game – we need all 3 points before the two week International break.

Cardiff are 4th bottom and were beaten 1-0 at home by 3rd bottom Wigan Athletic today with an 86th minute winner from Gomez.

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8 comments so far

  • Mag52

    Oct 29, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #1

    Onwards and upwards.
    Oh just a minute, we can’t go any higher can we ?

  • martoon

    Oct 29, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #2

    Always a good day when the Toon win, the makems and Palace lose 🙂

  • jackball

    Oct 29, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #3

    Definitely a good day on the scoreboard in both leagues.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 29, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #4

    What a headache for Rafa, hope he sees a way of playing them both together, got a feeling we won’t see Gayle as a winger or right back just to get them in the same team together.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Oct 29, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #5

    Well my dream target of 10pts clear of 3rd by Xmas is now very achievable.

  • martoon

    Oct 29, 2016 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #6

    Jail – I’m sure against Cardiff at home he could try it. Mitro as the striker and Gayle as an advanced No 10 so nearly a front 2 but not quite. I really think we’d rip them apart with flick-ons from Mitro for Gayle’s runs.

  • beermonkey

    Oct 29, 2016 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #7


    as it was when gayle was scoring why drop him
    will it be the same for mitro i know gayle had a knock
    but mitro has taken his chances
    its nice for rafa but it is one of them decisions for the fans he wont get right lol

    still 2 inform strikers when was the last time we had that

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 29, 2016 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #8

    I hope Gayle has got the character to not let the fact that Mitro is a firm fans favourite put him off his game. He was a fan favourite before his comments to the Telegraph what’s it going to be like now when he scores at home.


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