We had some excellent displays by Newcastle players on Saturday afternoon in the important 3-1 win at Huddersfield – another promotion 6 pointer.
The team held out well against an in-form Terriers side and they needed a penalty to get on the scoring board and that was after 72 minutes.
After that if looked like the Terriers had a chance of at least getting a point – well that was according to the excited Sky Sports commentators – but our lads held out well in defense and showed once again they can take the pressure of a massive game.
Matt Ritchie our Man of the Match
The mental toughness of this side seems to improve with each tough game and if the lads go behind they come surging back, but on Saturday we held a comfortable 2-0 lead at half-time through a penalty from Matt Richie and a good goal from Daryl Murphy.
In the second half Huddersfield increased the tempo and it was a case of matching them and we did that to get a massive 3 points and a 3-1 win with a late goal coming from Dwight Gayle – his 21st league goal of the season.
Matt Ritchie (44%) was our Man of the Match and he’s been a star man for Newcastle all season – especially lately when Dwight Gayle has been out of the side with injury.
When we review this season Matt has been huge for us in the first two months of this year and now he has 13 goals to his name.
Ciaran Clark (14%) has been massive for us in the tough games and what a buy this lad has been for a measly £5M from Aston Villa.
Ciaran could become a huge star for Newcastle and Rafa Benitez in the seasons ahead – he’s performed at the very high level for us this season.
Karl Darlow (13%) has recovered brilliantly from his couple of gaffes and that bodes well for the future of this goalkeeper.
The former Nottingham Forest man has used that experience to become a better goalie and he is improving all the time – he made some good clean saves when it mattered most on Saturday.
Last but certainly not least is that man Daryl Murphy (10%) who scored again when he started the game and it was an opportunist goal he got after 32 minutes.
The big man played well as the lone target man up front until he tired a bit and was then replaced by Dwight Gayle after 65 minutes.
It would not surprise us if Rafa starts Daryl again tomorrow night at Reading and then Dwight can come on in the second half again.
It was a tremendous win for us on Saturday and now we need the same again tomorrow night at the Madejski Stadium.
If we get 3 points then we’ll all be flying.