Newcastle did very well indeed yesterday in what was another difficult game as we managed to beat a very decent Wigan side 2-1 at home and it was not easy.
But our players showed the guts and courage needed to grind out these sort of wins, even if it wasn’t too pretty for the fans.
But the Geordie fans will now absolutely love these wins as we are closing in on an automatic promotion place back to the promised land – The Premier League – where Rafa will get the chance to build a trophy winning Newcastle side.
That’s our hope anyway.
Rafa Benitez at the game yesterday
After the game Rafa was happy with the win and he also thought we should have had a penalty in the second half when Matt Ritchie was clearly fouled.
This is some of what Rafa said after the game as reported in the Chronicle:
“When you win you have to be happy – especially now at this stage of the season, it’s the most important thing.”
“I would like to score five goals and play an amazing game like we were doing in a lot of games in the past.”
“But we have to be sure we show character, good reaction and personality.”
“We have to improve a little bit on the ball and manage better under pressure.”
“When we have chances we must manage a bit better.” “There are a lot of things we can still improve and a lot of things we are doing well.
“If see Brighton winning 1-0 or Huddersfield losing 1-0, it means that it’s not easy for anyone.”
“I think if you analyse the season we have had a lot of good games.” “We’ve had high tempo and pushed and created with the ball really well.”
“Today against Wigan we had 18 attempts so we must show more composure on the ball and in the final third.”
“If we can it will make us more relaxed to play better.”
“I was telling the referee it was a penalty and said it was exaggerated.”
“After I watched the replay and it was a penalty so it doesn’t matter if it was exaggerated or not, a penalty is a penalty.
“It’s three points in the mini league and we’ll move on to the next one.”
Those are good words from Rafa and you can see why he’s so successful as a football manager.
He always identifies areas where the side must and will improve in future games.
Did I ever say Rafa and Newcastle United are a match made in heaven?
Howay The Lads!!