It was billed as the most crucial game of the season for Newcastle – a must-win game at home to Southampton who were just one point behind us in the league.
But Newcastle cruised through the game after Kenedy scored his first Newcastle goal in the second minute, added a second after 29 minutes, and then Matt Ritchie put the game out of sight when he added a third after 57 minutes.
Newcastle were much the better side, and there must be worries over the form of the Saints after what was a woeful performance from them yesterday.
There was not too much fight or enthusiasm coming from some of the Saints players, but Rafa had our lads playing all out for the full 90 minutes.
Jonjo Shelvey and Rafa Benitez after Jonjo came off after great performance
It was surprising it was so easy.
Jonjo Shelvey talked his way into playing the game with Rafa willing to let him sit this one out with his slight knee problem.
But Jonjo turned in an excellent performance and set up the first goal for Kenedy and the third goal for Ritchie and is our Man of the Match with 48% of the vote.
Well done, Jonjo.
Kenedy has been in good (great) form for us since his arrival from Chelsea on loan in January.
Rafa had wanted him on loan in the summer but was unsuccessful at that time – otherwise, we may not be in the trouble we are with potential relegation.
The likable Kenedy added his first goals for Newcastle in another excellent performance from the Brazilian youngster and he comes in second with 29% of the vote.
Kenedy and Rafa Benitez after the winger was replaced
Now the only question is how do we get this lad signed permanently in the summer?
If we can keep Kenedy and goalkeeper Dubravka for next season, we will already have a better team.
Our lads were magnificent yesterday and made us proud – very proud.
Here’s where we are in the league after yesterday’s games.