Newcastle stifled Huddersfield on Saturday at John Smith’s Stadium and after watching the game a second time yesterday, that’s the best way to describe it.
Yes, the Terriers had lots of possession, but they didn’t create any real worthwhile chances and had to rely on a penalty to score their goal and a few long-range efforts that Darlow saved well.
Such was the apparent ease with which Newcastle contained what was the in-form team in the Championship and the Terriers had been getting some very good headlines lately.
Daryl Murphy after scoring on Saturday
We hope we can make that three wins in a row against 5th placed Reading tomorrow night at the Madejski Stadium, but it will not be easy.
Then we will have the challenge of winning on Saturday at St. James’ Park against Fulham, who beat us 1-0 in that first game of the season.
Dwight Gayle came on and yes – he scored – of course for his 21st league goal of the season.
But Rafa picked out two players who he praised for their work effort on Saturday – Daryl Murphy, who again played well and scored when he got a start – and Mo Diame, our powerhouse player moving forward.
This is what Rafa said as reported in the Chronicle:
“I would say first of all that I was pleased with Daryl Murphy and Mo Diame, the way they worked and put a lot of effort in.”
“It was the right time to bring Dwight on because Daryl was getting a bit tired.”
“After that Dwight has now scored 21 goals, it is important for us to have a player like that who creates chances and scores.”
“We hope this little run and goal will give him the confidence with his injury because he was training some days and then not others, because he required treatment.”
“He will need time, but he will have more confidence now and hopefully he will fine until the end of the season.”
It was a good decision to start Daryl on Saturday and it’s very likely he will get a start again tomorrow night at the Madejski Stadium.
Daryl seems to get the job done for Newcastle when Rafa calls on him and it’s small wonder he’s a big favorite with our fans.
He’s also a smashing lad, never complains and is very good for the team spirit.
Rafa has been criticized for buying him, but he knew exactly what he was doing and Daryl’s exactly what we have needed recently – an experienced front man and he’s been a good acquisition by the manager.