We watched the game a second time last night and in truth there is not much in these games at all.
But Newcastle are very well organized under Benitez and we thought both Ciaran Clark and Jamaal Lascelles were outstanding for Newcastle and Karl Darlow was very secure in the Newcastle goal.
And Karl needs to be good these days with Rob Elliot now on the bench and breathing down his neck for that number one jersey.
Jamaal Lascelles lining up the wall yesterday
Jamaal in particular came back with a great game, after he had been rested last week and Grant Hanley came in and gave an accomplished performance in the 1-0 win last week at home to Derby.
Grant can take some satisfaction for why Jamaal had to be at his best yesterday with Grant pushing for a first team starting position.
Newcastle deserved the win simply because we were the better team and because Wolves did not have many chances at all.
Their first shot on target came after 87 minutes and it was straight at Darlow, but it would be nice to have more than one goal leads late in these games.
The opposition always has a late attempt to get the equalizer and they were successful at Villa Park and recently at home to QPR – 4 points dropped.
But in the main Newcastle have defended their one goal leads extremely well this season.
Rafa talked after the game about how important this win was for us which keeps Newcastle at the top of the Championship and maybe we need only 9 or 10 more wins to seal promotion.
This is what Rafa said after the game as reported in the Chronicle:
“For us every game is important, we try to get three points.” “If you can do it then the others have to continue winning.”
“We have a couple of them that have won – Brighton and Huddersfield – but there is still a long way to go.” “We need to keep going.”
“The team is defending as a unit and a team.” “When you do that it’s always easier to have a clean sheet.”
“You have to give credit to them because they kept working.” “They were organised and worked very hard.”
What Rafa says can be summed up in just three words what we need to do to get promoted – win, win, win.
Howay The Lads!!
Here’s the top six in the Championship after yesterday’s games.