Rafa Benitez has repeatedly said that his Newcastle team will get better as the season progresses.
And two excellent home wins in succession have taken us up the table to 13th place and 32 points (after 30 games) and a good 5 points clear of the relegation zone.
With Newcastle now 12 points above bottom-placed West Brom it looks like they are probably going down so that two other clubs need to take the drop with the Baggies.
DeAndre Yedlin – in action against Southampton
If Newcastle can stay up this season it will be looked on as a success for Mr. Rafa Benitez and the club.
Given the minuscule investment from Ashley – a big success.
DeAndre Yedlin has been interviewed in the Chronicle today and has said what Rafa has been telling them over these past few months:
“That’s one of the things that Rafa kind of preached, that we needed to focus for the whole game and not just 80 minutes or even 85 minutes.”
“It needs to be for 90 or 93 minutes, or whatever it might be. It needs to be for the whole game.”
“That’s what we did. We stayed on top of them, stayed high. At 3-0 up we were staying high. It shows that we’re progressing and it’s come at a good time.”
“It was very important. Obviously not only for the points, but to keep the momentum going. Two wins in two here, two big wins.”
“It was good that we didn’t give up any goals and kept clean sheets in both games that we played here.”
“We’re obviously very happy with the result, and are focused on the next game.”
“It’s unbelievable. It’s always a wonderful stadium to play in, and the fans were unbelievable again.”
“We really fed off their energy, and they helped keep us going. We can’t thank them enough.”
“It’s a big win. It’s one of those things, you don’t want to go into this kind of break off a loss and even closer to the relegation zone.”
“It boosts us right up the table, and it was a great performance.”
Newcastle have a long break before we play another crucial game – at home to Huddersfield on March 31st.
Wonder how we can make up some news up before then?
The last time we played the Terriers at home was in the Championship last season, and they beat us 2-1 – so we have a score to settle.
A win is absolutely imperative, and if we can make it three home wins in a row, we’ll be flying.
It looks like as soon as we are safe Newcastle will be bidding to sign Kenedy on a permanent basis.
He would be a terrific signing for us at only £15M
Howay The Lads!!