Newcastle were worthy winners at Stoke yesterday, and we were the better team for the first 75 minutes of the game, and at that time were ahead from a good goal by Ayoze Perez after 73 minutes.
The goal was set up brilliantly by winger Jacob Murphy who put in a superb cross from the right wing that beat Stoke’s defense, and Perez was there to stab the ball home.
But up to that point, we had wasted too many chances and should have been comfortably ahead.
Stoke came at Newcastle in the final 10 minutes or so, but we defended well and were (very) thankful for two brilliant point-blank saves from goalkeeper Karl Darlow to preserve the win.
Karl was superb in goal for us yesterday and deserves a lot of credit for that display.
If we can get two new strikers in this month that will go a long way to Newcastle winning games like this a lot easier than we are doing at the moment because of missed chances.
Jacob Murphy – played very well yesterday – so creative
But hey – we are not complaining (well not too much) – it was a fantastic team performance from our players.
Newcastle paid up to £12M for Murphy from Norwich in the summer, and he is showing the class he has, and he had an excellent game yesterday and got the assist for the winning goal.
He showed some class and that’s what has been missing from our team this season.
You cannot criticize the effort or pride shown by our players – they are giving everything they have in every game.
This is what Benitez has said about Jacob’s performance yesterday as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“He’s a young player who’s learning how to understand the game, and also learning about the pace of the Premier League.”
“He’s doing some good things, but he still has plenty of room for improvement.”
“We are trying to do our best, and we will see what can happen,” “But now it’s about enjoying the Stoke win and trying to concentrate on the next game.”
“Everyone has to do his job.”
“The fans were really good,” “We have seen the fans away last year and this year, they’re fantastic.”
“When they travel so far away, it’s a perfect day when you win and score and can celebrate in front of them.”
“They will go back home with a smile on their faces.”
“They were giving their support to our players, and maybe that made the players give a little bit more – if that’s possible.”
“I don’t like to see the team defending and not taking the chances that we had on the counter-attack.”
“But if you cannot do that, then you have to defend in the way that we did in the last few minutes.”
“That’s the kind of team spirit that you are expecting from a team that is desperate to avoid relegation and stay in the Premier League.”
Rafa will now be hoping for up to four new players coming in this month during the January transfer window to strengthen the Newcastle squad.
He must be supported by Mike Ashley.