When Rafa Benitez gives his after game interviews after each game, he is always straight and analyzes the game and what we did good and what we didn’t do good.
And Rafa was a bit critical of Newcastle’s first half performance today in the 4-0 win over Rotherham United – and things started to go Newcastle’s way once that man Daryl Murphy scored his third goal in three games for us just before half time.
Daryl is proving to be a smart acquisition for Newcastle and the 33 year-old Irish International is delivering when he’s been called on – due to injuries – and you cannot ask more than that from any player.
Daryl Murphy celebrates his goal on 45 minutes
Here’s what Rafa has said after the game as reported in the Shields Gazette tonight – he wasn’t happy with that first half:
“We knew before that it could be a difficult game in terms of over-confidence,”
“We needed to start well, and I think that we had the control for around 25 minutes and they were not creating anything.”
“Then we made a silly foul in the middle.” “It was a corner, and then we started having problems and they grew a little bit in confidence.”
“It was a little bit nervy.” “Then we scored the goal at the end of the first half.”
“Then, the goal early in the second half made the difference.” “We had more control and it was just a question of time if we could score another goal.”
“Maybe they had one or two chances on the counter attack, but just one was very dangerous and the others we were comfortable.”
“We have to give credit to them, because they were working hard at the beginning and it was not easy to create clear chances.”
“We had a couple from Ayoze which could have been better. “We needed to win, we did it.”
“Four goals, clean sheet, three points and we are going in the right direction hopefully.”
That’s Newcastle’s 19th win in 27 league games for a 70% win rate – that seems to be going in the right direction.