Rafa Benitez was asked after the game if that performance was perfect from Newcastle, so perfectionist Rafa said nothing is ever perfect, but that it was a great display from his Newcastle side.
It was a very organized and disciplined performance from a Newcastle side who got their first win of the season this afternoon, and it really was a terrific win.
That put us on 3 points from our first three games which is not too bad.
That’s after we lost both Paul Dummett and Florian Lejeune to injury in the first 45 minutes of the season and then Jonjo Shelvey was sent off three minutes later, and all three have been out ever since.
This is what Rafa told Sky Sports after the game when initially asked if the performance was perfect:
“Perfect? You will never see something perfect!”
“Great performance, I think the way everybody was working for the team at the end made the difference.”
“When you have this effort from players, fans enjoy it and they’re even more behind the team.”
“We were working hard also against Huddersfield, but you have to score, we scored today and the belief that we could win was growing.”
“The fans were pushing and it was easier for the players to keep going. The second goal made the difference I think also.”
“When you are working hard, doing well, and score the goal, the confidence is growing.”
“The team was playing well but was also well organised in defence. Everyone was working hard for the team, not just individuals playing for themselves but for the whole team.”
“It’s always good to win, but especially when you have time to enjoy during the international break.”
“Yeah, we have to try always behind the scenes to do our job, but we will enjoy it a little bit and keep on working.
“I think if we work like today, we can win more games, but obviously, every manager wants there to be more quality.”
“Today we see a lot of positives.”
An excellent time to put in a good performance just before the two-week International break!