Newcastle held Manchester City last night to a 1-0 win after the visitors have been scoring goals for fun recently with four goals in each of their previous three league wins.
The only goal of the game came after 31 minutes from England International winger Raheem Sterling who is having an excellent season for the league leaders.
The team played well, and Rafa used the only tactics he could to try to get something out of the game after Manchester City had previously won their last 17 league games.
It was a good performance by our team, and they carried out the game plan well, and luck was on our side last night a little bit with City hitting the woodwork 3 times.
Rafa Benitez – on the touchline last night
Late in the game, Newcastle came back and had a good 15 minutes, and Dwight Gayle had an excellent chance to equalize but he missed that opportunity otherwise we would be talking today about how we ended City’s fabulous winning run.
The critics complained of Rafa’s negative tactics, and this is how Rafa responded and talked about the game:
“If we’d scored a goal at the end we’d be really pleased with the performance. When you play against Man City the way they are playing now.”
“Our fans are clever and they know we needed to do it this way. Some of the counter-attacks weren’t the best.”
“We knew what we had to do and tried our best. We can’t forget we have a couple of games against teams at the bottom in a few days.”
“We tried to create something. We had a couple of chances with Rolando and Dwight at the end.”
“He felt a little bit of contact It was quick. I was disappointed because it was a chance. It was a booking and that’s it.”
We cannot complain since the game plan almost produced a late point for us against a side who are beating every team in sight rather easily.
Now we have two games – at home to Brighton and away at Stoke – where we hope we can get 2 wins and lift the spirits of Newcastle fans everywhere.