Newcastle pulled of their second great away win yesterday when we beat an in-form Huddersfield team 3-1 away to go 5 points ahead of second placed Brighton and 11 points ahead of 3rd placed Huddersfield.
If there was ever any doubt who the best team in the Championship is, then the last five days have shown it’s Newcastle and hopefully we can keep winning games and get the promotion wrapped up as soon as possible.
I mean even Sky Sports pundit David Prutton may now take us to beat Reading on Tuesday night – maybe.
A happy Rafa Benitez at the end of the game
Then we can all relax just a little bit and look forward to the summer transfer market.
And Rafa Benitez has shown what a great coach he is in the big games and his team changes and the way he can read the game quickly about what’s happening and change things, has been a big factor in these two wins.
He’s just phenomenal at what he does.
This is some of what Rafa said after the game yesterday when our players did us really proud – again:
“We knew that we were playing against a team that is comfortable in possession, so we decided to defend and give them the possession.”
“They were pushing and they were passing the ball quite well but our game plan was good. We were working and trying to stop them getting in the middle.
“We defended well and showed we could play in the counter-attack. The last goal was unlucky for them because they were taking a risk.”
“We needed discipline and work-rate. They were working so hard and I think they were well organised and tried to do what we said we’d do.”
“It is still one game at a time. We have more games to play and more points to play for. “
“We have to enjoy today but in a couple of days we have to play a game so that is a difficult part of this game.”
“We have to be ready.”
The Fans Forum meeting notes have been released and there will be money available to Rafa to bring in new players in the summer.
They also tried to play down the stuff brought up by the Sunday People and they say Rafa still has the same authority he had last May.
That’s good and it seems the whole thing may have been overplayed to try to upset the club and the fans.
It’s a great feeling indeed when Newcastle play well and win a big game and the lads have now done that twice in the last five days.
All credit goes to our players and to Rafa Benitez of course, who was a study in coolness in his subdued interviews after the game.
All Rafa wants to do is to keep winning games – we know that now – so next up is Reading on Tuesday night – we must win that game.
Did I say it was a fabulous win yesterday?