Newcastle should have won the game against Cardiff City much easier than we did – and that was because we missed our chances in the first half and early in the second half, otherwise the result would have been clear long before the end.
But it wasn’t and after Cardiff made it 2-1 after 73 minutes after we were 2-0 up at the half and dominating the game, we could have lost 2 points if the south Wales team had managed to equalize late in the game.
That would have been an injustice – but it didn’t happen – and that’s now we have 8 wins on the trot and the first time that’s happened in a long 11 years.
Rafa Benitez on the touchline on Saturday afternoon
Another game – another win
Rafa was matter of fact as usual at the end of the game, but he was happy enough with the character our lads showed in that second half.
And that’s what you need to be a success in the Championship and our players are showing stacks of character this season.
That’s unlike last season’s complete and utter nightmare – my arm just started to hurt just thinking about it.
This is what Rafa said after the game:
“It’s better that you can learn your lessons in a winning situation.”
“Everyone knows when you’re 2-0 up, you need that third goal to kill a team off, but we just couldn’t do it.”
“So you have to ensure we have the mentality to defend and get those three points.”
“We didn’t play at the level we wanted in the second half, but we showed character and that’s what you need in the Championship.”
With goal difference taken into account we are now 9 points ahead of 3rd placed Huddersfield in an automatic promotion place and top of the league.