Benitez was happy with the character of his players today, but he did not like the fact we had to defend so much in the second half.
Christian Atsu and Yoan Gouffran had put Newcastle comfortably ahead in the first half, but Newcastle put in a below par second half performance and Peter Whittingham finally scored with a 77th minute goal.
Rafa Benitez and Neil Warnock on the touchline today
There were claims of hand ball before Peter’s goal and Karl Darlow immediately protested the goal, but Cardiff also had a late penalty appeal turned down.
We’ll take the 3 points – thank you very much.
This is what Benitez said after the game:
“We started really well had chances to kill the game, but we gave them some hope and then they put in long throw-ins, long balls and free-kicks.”
“And this is what Championship football is like and you to defend. “They were complaining about some decisions and they were not happy.”
“Watching the replay it is a handball, but we cannot change things.” “I was not happy we had to defend too much.”
“But you have to defend and make sure you prepare the team for these things and we did it today. “
“We have to show character and we did it.”
Newcastle are now 8 points ahead of 3rd placed Huddersfield after today’s results.
Brighton are at Bristol City in the late kick-off game and early in the second half they are 2-0 ahead with goals from Sidwell (13),and Murphy (20) in the first half – so they could be up to 34 points with a win.