Rafa Benitez is the calm one after any game and even when Newcastle somehow managed to come from 1-0 behind to win such an important game at Brighton tonight with two goals in the final nine minutes, he was his same calm and measured self – never getting carried away.
Not like some of us!
Rafa was pleased our lads played well in the second half against what he says is a very good team that Chris Hughton has put together in a fairly short time frame on the south coast.
We have tough games at Huddersfield and Reading followed by a home game against Fulham and then another away game at Birmingham before the two week international break and we need some wins in those games.
Two classy managers and gentlemen shake hands before the game
Rafa Benitez and Chris Hughton
Rafa is thankful of the win and say his team will have some confidence now in the very tough game on Saturday at the Terriers.
Here’s what Rafa said after the game as reported in the Chronicle:
“For us the pressure is the same. We approach every game trying to win.” “Huddersfield and Reading will be the same pressure but we have the same confidence.”
“It means we have confidence.” “Still, it will be difficult and dangerous. There are still a lot of games to play and we have to make sure we continue to work hard.”
“We were lucky but it was one we could score.” “It was calm and Ayo showed some composure.” They did well. I was pleased with the reaction of the players.”
“We created a lot of good situations before that.”
“I think we have had great games and you can talk about Norwich at home.”
“But the main thing here is we played against a very good team.” “That gives us satisfaction.”
Here’s how the table stands after tonight’s game where Newcastle got a great result but the performance wasn’t our best tonight.