Rafa Benitez was delighted with the Newcastle performance today at the King Power Stadium against an in-form Leicester City side.
Newcastle continued their great form of late and were 1-0 up through an excellently taken goal from Jonjo Shelvey after only 18 minutes.
And after 75 minutes Ayoze Perez got his second goal in two games as he skilfully lobbed the ball over the Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
Rafa Benitez – at Leicester this afternoon
Great skill from Perez and just a brilliant goal by the in-form Spaniard.
Rafa was pleased after the game, and he said we still need 2 points to ensure our safety:
“We’re nearly there, but we still want to get to 40 points,”
“It was a great game. We can talk about the red card and the penalty incident and whatever, but the reality is we deserved to win because we played really well against a very good team.”
“It was important to work really hard and be organized and understand the strengths of the other team and try to stop them.”
“We exploited the weaknesses of the other team really well. We worked great and the work rate and team spirit were great: so I have to say congratulations to my players.”
“Everyone knows we are really close, but you never know in football, so you have to carry on. We have to stay as focused as today.”
“When we get to 40 points, we’ll be fine.”
So it seems to be set up for next Sunday in the early game against Arsenal – it’s a long time since we beat the Gunners.
Maybe next Sunday and then with 41 points we can celebrate survival at the end of the match?
Sounds good to us.