Dwight Gayle could have won the match at the death against Royal Antwerp, but his penalty kick was saved by the goalkeeper.
So it was a 1-1 draw in the game, but Rafa Benitez seemed to be pleased he got what he wanted out of the friendly.
One thing he wanted to see was intensity from the players which will be needed when we host Huddersfield Town on March 31st at St. James’ Park.
A win in that game could take us 3 points closer to safety, and it would be 3 wins in our last five games if we can do that.
Rafa Benitez – talks to his players during 4-day training camp
It would also be only the second time this season we have two wins on the trot.
Rafa was pleased with how the players played the game yesterday although we again missed too many chances by all accounts from those at the game.
Rafa was asked about Gayle’s penalty miss as reported in the Chronicle today:
“I said to Dwight that these things happen sometimes, especially in a friendly, because you can be a little bit more relaxed.”
“It doesn’t change too much in terms of what we were looking for.”
“We had the intensity that we wanted in this game.”
“We watched the games yesterday and analyzed the results.”
“The positive thing now is that it depends on us.” “If we do our job we’re in a good position.”
“We need to win our games and it will easier.”
That last sentence is so accurate – wins are what will take us away from the bottom three.
Here’s how we stand after the weekend’s results in the Premier League – we are now 4 points above the drop zone.
And we have an excellent goal difference in comparison to the other clubs in the bottom half of the league.