After beating Southampton 3-0 today in a crucial game, our next game in three weeks is at home to Huddersfield and that’s another must-win game for us.
EWe are now on 32 points and we need another 8 points from the final 8 games to secure safety from relegation and wins is the way to do it.
Rafa Benitez was quite happy after the game but said he didn’t see too much difference in the league table with Newcastle now back in 13th place.
Rafa has also commented on young Kenedy – the on-loan winger we have from Chelsea.
Rafa congratulates Kenedy – after the youngster scored two great goals
Rafa seems to be bringing out the best of the 22-year-old Brazilian.
This is what Rafa has said after the game as reported in the Northern Echo:
“I have seen the table, obviously, but it’s not a big difference for me,” “We knew that we had to win this game, and now we will have in three weeks Huddersfield and it will be another massive game.”
“But still we have to win two or three games if we want to be sure that we are in the Premier League next year.”
“Kenedy’s a different kind of player to what we had,” “He’s comfortable on the ball with his left foot, his deliveries, his passes, his shooting, so he’s quite comfortable with his left foot.”
“He is still a young player who is improving, but he has the potential to grow, to be a much better player.”
“It’s the challenge for him to be ready for the next team or whatever, but we are happy to see him here and playing well for us.”
“We needed to start with intensity and we did it.” “We scored the goal and after, we were pushing, we were aggressive, we scored the second goal.
“After the game against Bournemouth we said, ‘We have to kill the game, we need to score the third goal’, so everything was perfect.”
“The commitment of the players and the work rate was fantastic, and also the way that we were playing.”
“We knew that Southampton are a good team, that they would have good possession, so we needed to be strong in defense, regain the ball and play good counter-attack.”
“There were a lot of things that we did well today.”
Newcastle had good performances all over the field this afternoon and it was a good performance and a phenomenal result we will now savor for three weeks before our next game – again at home to the Terriers.
We must win that one too and then be 4 points from safety – there can be no letting up.