Rafa Benitez has talked to Sky Sports after the 2-0 win at Elland Road today – a game in which Newcastle again put in a thoroughly professional performance against an in-form side and that was our 4th away win on the trot and the seventh win on the road this season.
Rafa brought Dwight Gayle back into the side today and that choice was rewarded with yet another brace from the Newcastle number 9 to bring his goals to 13 this season – the most in the Championship.
Who said Dwight didn’t deserve to wear the iconic number 9 shirt for Newcastle?
Rafa Benitez on the touchline today at Elland Road
This is what Rafa said after the game to Sky Sports and he started off by talking of the difficulty who to play up front between our two in-form strikers – Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic.
“I have to say it was difficult for me to decide who to play because all of them were coming back and training well.”
“You can see the team is creating chances so to choose one or the other was quite difficult.”
“Yeah Gayle’s goals are important, but at the same time I have to give credit to the rest of the team.”
“We have another clean sheet in a very difficult stadium, the performance of the team defending and attacking has been brilliant.”
“It’s good and all we have to do is keep doing the same thing, keep playing with the same intensity, no complacency.”
“We know that until the end everything can happen, so we have to approach every game the same.”
That’s a record equaling 9 wins in a row in all competitions and Rafa Benitez can become the first manager in Newcastle’s long and glorious history to win 10 games in a row, if we can beat Blackburn Rovers next Saturday at St. James’ Park.
Hopefully a sold-out crowd for that possible record-breaking win – but we will take nothing for granted.
This season is now turning out to be unbelievable and we have won 16 of our last 18 games – and in the league we are now 9 points ahead of 3rd placed Reading – 10 points if you take goal difference into account.
We are really well positioned there after just 17 games.