Newcastle moved up to 12th place in the table last Saturday with a third successive home win and we are now 7 points above the drop with just seven games to play and the best goal difference in the bottom half of the table.
And it’s very satisfying to see how the team has improved this season with Shelvey and Diame in top form in Newcastle’s engine room.
There are still 21 points to play for and Rafa will want as many wins in those games as possible, with no game being excluded as a potential 3 points.
Jamaal Lascelles – Newcastle captain
Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles was delighted with the win and this is some of what he has said on nufcTV:
“It was a massive win. We took the momentum into this from the Southampton game, which I didn’t necessarily expect,”
“I didn’t think the break would serve us well in terms of momentum, but it stayed and didn’t affect us at all.”
“We played in a similar way to how we did against Southampton, on the front foot from the start, we were aggressive and the game could quite easily have been four or five.”
“They didn’t really threaten us – and we had chances ourselves.”
“But I don’t think there’s any time to relax. Even if we were safe and satisfied with that, I wouldn’t be.”
“We still want to win every single game we play. Every single game should be a cup final, regardless of whether you’re safe or not.
“That’s mine and the rest of the boys’ mentality. We have to prepare for Leicester giving it the same importance as we did Huddersfield.”
“It just goes to show that in the Championship when we played against Huddersfield, it was a similar game in terms of they sat off.”
“And I remember we kind of lost our patience, and that’s when they countered us and won the game,”
“This time around we were disciplined, we kept our patience, and the goal finally came. I was really pleased with the performance.”
“They were trying to slow the game down, kick the ball away and I think they probably came here for a draw – that’s how they played anyway.
“We didn’t want anything less than three points. That was our aim, we worked on it all week to get that.”
“And you could tell from the way we played that we were hungry and passionate, and it led us to creep up the table a little bit more.”
The season ends on May 13th which is a short five weeks come Sunday.
Let’s hope by then we are even further up the league table than 12th place.
Howay The Lads!!