I’ve got to admit I was pretty devastated when we didn’t get the win yesterday after we were 2-0 up with just 10 minutes to play.
It was definitely 2 points lost but Rafa, as usual, is upbeat and looks at things on the positive side.
Our defending before the last 10 minutes was good but we seemed to fall apart a bit in those final 10 minutes.
And Dwight Gayle scored two crucial goals for us in the first half although goalkeeper Begovic seemed culpable for both goals.
Rafa Benitez – during the game yesterday
Rafa is keen that Newcastle maintain their good performances and yesterday we scored two goals for the first time since way back on December 23rd when we took West Ham apart 3-2 away.
This is what Rafa said after the game yesterday:
“The main thing for me is not just where you are in the table.
“If you talk about the last games, the team was doing well, really well. We can make mistakes because at the end we’re talking about the Premier League.”
“The team has confidence in terms of a lot of the things we have done well and we have to be sure that next time we are positive and try to do things in the same way.”
“We must avoid these mistakes and find solutions to these problems that we have had in the last minutes.”
It doesn’t mean too much these days regarding points, but Newcastle have now gone four games without defeat since we were beaten 3-1 at Man City on January 20th.
But three of those are draws – so just 6 points from 4 games.
But if can keep that up we’ll get 15 points from the final 10 games and a safe 44 points.
It good not to be beaten but we need more wins.