After our third home win in a row yesterday Rafa was intervir=ewed by the BBC, and the manager stressed that it was the calmness demonstrated by the Newcastle players that got us the win.
We have a young side, and even after going ahead with 10 minutes to go we could have done a little better maybe at containing Huddersfield and slowing the game down.
But that’s being hyper-critical, and we have seen how many of our players have improved this year.
Mo Diame – in action for Newcastle
Mo Diame in central midfielder looks a master in that position, and he’s leading in our Man of the Match poll.
Mo has been outstanding for Newcastle since the start of the year.
His partnership with Jonjo Shelvey allows Shelvey to go forward more as Mo protects the back four and he splits up the opposition play all the time.
And Mo came off injured yesterday with a foot injury, but since he ran off, we assume it’s not too bad.
This is what Rafa said about the tremendous win to BBC Sports after the game:
“It was an important game and we needed to win. They are a good team, well organized.”
“We didn’t take our chances and in the second half there was a risk we could be caught, but we stayed calm.”
“Ayoze Perez was doing a good job. He needed to stay calm in that position, move around the position and take his chance.”
“It was a great atmosphere and the team and fans together are stronger.”
“40 points is the figure we are looking for and that’s it.”
Here’s where we are in the league at the moment.
Things are looking up at Newcastle.