In front of an excellent crowd of over 47,000 at St. James’ Park this afternoon, Newcastle scored three goals in the first half to beat Luton Town 3-1 and go into the draw for the 4th round of the FA Cup.
Newcastle were looking good towards the end of the first half but Luton came back into the game and gave it everything they had but they couldn’t get a second goal.
But it was still a good day for Luton Town, who had a terific 7.000 fans at the game.
Rafa Benitez – on the touchline today
Rafa Benitez was pleased with most things the Newcastle team did – and we seem to be getting back into our early season form.
I hope we are getting back into early season form.
Here’s what manager Rafa Benitez said after the game today:
“I am pleased with everything. The goals we scored, the way we managed the game.”
“Maybe because of that and three goals up we relaxed second half and gave them the belief they could score and it became more difficult.”
“But we go through and the fans enjoyed an emotional game. It is good to win games, another after Stoke.”
“The FA Cup, we won it with Liverpool. We want to go as far as we can. I don’t want to lie.”
“It was important to go through and play a strong team. Hopefully the next one too. We will see the next one. I wanted to be sure we did not have any surprise.”
“It was important to send a message we wanted to do well. But it depends on injuries and where we are in the league.”
“Perez is important for the team and for a striker to score goals. The team created chances – Ayoze will be happier than others.”
“I said we would play a strong team to stop a surprise. I am pleased to see that crowd of 47,000.”
“For us it means we can go through. Hopefully some more.”
We now have to make it three wins in a row when we play bottom club Swansea at St. James’ Park next Saturday afternoon, and we cannot be overconfident for that game.
If we can get the win then things will be looking up a bit on Tyneside.
Howay the Lads!!