Rafa Benitez was pleased with the away performances at Brighton and at Huddersfield when we played what were the first and third teams in the league.
The fact we won both games and Brighton lost at Nottingham Forest today means we are 5 points clear of the Seagulls and 11 points clear of 3rd placed Huddersfield.
That’s one more point when you consider our much superior goal difference – which is now 40 compared to the Terriers 6 and the Seagulls 27.
Rafa Benitez celebrates a massive 3 points
He’s almost smiling there!
Whoops – looks like it was Tuesday night with Ayoze there
This is what Rafa said after the game today as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“We knew that it was a difficult week against very tough teams,”
“Brighton and Huddersfield are tough teams and they were in form. They rested players for this game.”
“I am really pleased with the performance of this team.” “We knew they were dangerous going forward.”
“That they can move the ball from one side to the other. We had to focus on the defensive side. We had to win the second balls and that was the key.”
“We know Huddersfield have game in hand.” “That could be eight points. It is so difficult in this division.”
“We have to make sure we will be ready and get three points, then after we can see what the difference is.”
“We just have to focus on the next game.”
You’ve got to give credit to Rafa for his game-plan which seemed to work almost to perfection.
Nest up are Reading on Tuesday night and we must win that game – no letting up now!
Howay The Bonnie Lads!!