Newcastle suffered a 3-2 loss at Norwich on 2nd April against another relegation struggling side and that loss was a vital result that saw Newcastle finally relegated 2 points behind Sunderland, with a worse goal difference.
Norwich didn’t fare well after that win and they were also relegated along with Aston Villa.
Norwich scored the winner in stoppage time and the Carrow Road fans went crazy, because at the time it was such a great win for them.
Rafa Benitez at Norwich last season
We also had a chance to score in stoppage time, but missed it and if we had won that game we would have stayed up – but as we’ve said before you can always point to one game and say what if?
But it seems Rafa could use that defeat to motivate his players for tonight’s game at Norwich, who are hitting some good form of late with 13 points from their last five league games.
This is what Rafa has said as reported in the Chronicle:
“Last season’s game was a different story. We were in another division and there were a different group of players.”
“One good thing is to remember about the atmosphere and how difficult it can be.” “The game at home when we beat them with an injury time goal will also be mentioned.”
“In that game, we had a good first half and created three or four chances.”
“In the second half we were lucky, but at the same time the reaction of the players and link with the fans was crucial for me.”
“Working together is important for fans and players. Working together makes a big difference and it showed that night.”
“After the game that result was crucial for us and our confidence.” “And we have good memories.”
“They have some good players. They are a good team and have a manager with experience.”
“He knows the division well. The players have quality and have played in the division.”
“Because they have that quality it means they can play.”
“They are playing a little bit more direct now but they are capable of playing on the floor when they have to do it.”
“They have players with ability up front. It will be tough in terms of the atmosphere.”
“It will also be tough in terms of the pace and intensity of the game.”
“At the same time, they also have players who do well on the floor and make the difference.”
This will be a tough game for us tonight – no doubt about that.
But if we can win against an in-form Norwich City side, it will auger well for our chances of getting an automatic promotion spot in May.