Rafa Benitez’ game plan was to allow Huddersfield possession while guarding the middle of the defense and making rapid counter-attacks once we did get the ball.
We’ve seen that strategy a number of times this season with teams like Manchester City who like a lot of possession of the ball, but often don’t do too much with the ball when they have it.
And it seemed to work like a charm yesterday and Rafa will have played against teams that play like Barcelona and Manchester City do and he will have experience of how to play against them.
David Wagner – Huddersfield manager
What we saw yesterday was an excellent game-plan from the Spanish manager against the Terriers which paid huge dividends and Newcastle won the game 3-1.
It was a fairly close game and Huddersfield are a good team, but it’s often difficult to look at a game unbiased after the game.
Wagner believes the penalty against Newcastle was a bad decision yet the penalty for Huddersfield was a good decision.
To us both penalties were poor decisions by the referee.
This is what David Wagner said of Newcastle after the game yesterday:
“There is a reason why they are top of the league.” “Even when they’re not at their best in terms of ball possession or shots, they are able to manage results.”
“As we have seen in the past they have a lot of lucky moments, like the Brighton goal or the penalty against Huddersfield and the second goal.”
“But on the other side, I have to be honest, it’s a top team with a great manager.”
“They deserve every single point that they have, even when some of them were maybe a little bit lucky.”
“I think we played well.” “I think the players tried and risked everything. I was very happy with their working attitude.”
“They always kept their heads up.” “This wasn’t easy, because it was harsh to take the first two goals we conceded.”
“I still believe the first pen wasn’t a pen. Maybe there’s a handball before the situation as well.”
“In the second half we really tried everything against a top team.” “Everybody knows this – I think Newcastle have shown this.”
“They are very difficult to break down. They are compact and stable.”
“Even in this situation we tried everything.” “At 2-1 we had some half-chances.” “In the end, it was a good performance.”
“I had no complaints that we lost this football match.” “This is what we have to accept.”
What do you think?