Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez was very happy after the game tonight even though it looked like a fairly mediocre performance from the lads against Nottingham Forest.
But justice when done after our 2-1 defeat at the City Ground four weeks ago, when we had two players sent off in the first half.
This time is was Matt Mills who was controversially sent off after 60 minutes with the score at 1-1 and Dwight Gayle scored four minutes later to put us ahead and added a third for Newcastle with 10 minutes to go.
Matt Richie goes crazy after scoring early goal
Matt Ritchie had opened the scoring with a nice goal from a free kick after only four minutes, but then some really slack play at the back allowed Forest to equalize after 29 minutes.
Newcastle are back on top of the league with Brighton’s game being postponed against Cardiff almost a couple of hours before kick-off and the Reading vs Fulham game abandoned at half time – both because of fog.
Rafa was pleased Newcastle are back to their winning ways:
“I am pleased with where we are because obviously it is not an easy league.” “So to win 17 games is quite good I think. We have lost some games, but we are winning a lot of games too.”
“We have a good team who are working very hard. When you have bad moments, you need that experience. We have had a lot of very good moments, and the main thing for me is to keep doing that, and to improve the little things that we can improve.”
“I don’t think the red card changed things too much.” “I had confidence because at the beginning of the second half, we won corners and free-kicks, and were pushing for a goal. For me, we were doing the right things.”
“After the sending off, it was obviously much better for us in terms of the difference to the last games.” “We were on top of them this time and controlling the game.”
“We scored and controlled the game after the sending off, but at the start of both halves, the team was playing with the kind of intensity you have to display if you want to win these kind of games.”
Next up are Blackburn Rovers away on Monday night – and we need another win at Ewood Park.
Here’s the top of the table tonight with Newcastle on a schedule to get 100 points for the full 46 game season.
I screwed up the first poll with Ritchie in twice – here’s a new one.