Newcastle players were up for this game yesterday and put in a tremendous first half performance against the Terriers and it was all Huddersfield could do to hang on.
Only our poor finishing stopped us being a few goals up at the break.
Huddersfield came back into the game in the second half, and it was more even, but it was Perez with 10 minutes to go who got us the vital winning goal.
Kenedy got the assist as he seemed the coolest person in the stadium when he laid off the ball brilliantly to the Spaniard – that was really class from the Chelsea loanee.
Rafa Benitez – on the touchline yesterday
The win takes us to 35 points from 31 games and 12th in the league – 2 points behind 10th placed Bournemouth.
Rafa was interviewed after the game and he said the transformation we have seen this year is all about the players:
“It always depends on players.”
“If they give everything, like they have done during the whole season – some games, like Manchester United, that was great for the confidence of the team.”
“Southampton, scoring an early goal was even better.”
“The fans were behind the team and today was the same.”
“Today, it was a question of staying calm and keep creating chances and score if you could.”
“The relationship between fans and players now is really good and they play here with this confidence.”
“You can win, draw or lose, but at least you know that the team is enjoying it and they have the belief that they can win here.”
“We have won three in a row at home – that’s good, it means that we are stronger mentally.”
“And we understand much better that these kind of games, you have to approach them in this way.”
“Maybe we would have been going into it in the past with anxiety, maybe we would have been going in too high and exposed on the counter-attack and then you could lose the game.”
“But now, I think we know how important every single point is and if you can win, fine; if you cannot, be sure that the other team cannot win.”
Rafa said the team would improve as the season progressed and even when we had that terrible spell of one point from 9 games before Christmas the fans remained calm and supporting Rafa and the team.
And Rafa is true to his word this team has improved this year and in 10 league games played we have 16 points and 10 points from our last five games.
Rafa Benitez is absolutely fantastic at what he does, and he is performing another great job this season for the club.
Can you imagine what he could do if he was given some support from the Newcastle hierarchy?
Rafa Benitez is showing again he is world-class at what he does.
It’s an honor and a privilege to have him as the Newcastle manager