There are several strengths that Rafa Benitez has built up with his Newcastle side in just over two years at the helm.
One is getting players in who want to come and play at Newcastle, and that has created a fantastic team spirit at the club.
The second is that he demands 100% effort in each training session and during each game.
And Newcastle fans have seen that with our players running their socks off as they continue to close down the opposition in games.
DeAndre Yedlin congratulates Ayoze Perez after the first goal last Sunday
It’s a pleasure (and even inspiring) to watch a Newcastle team so truthful and so committed to the cause.
DeAndre Yedlin is only one of the players who has become a better player this season under Rafa’s guidance, and he’s been better defensively this term.
But he has openly admitted it was his fault for Arsenal’s goal on Sunday, and it seemed to come out of nothing.
£60M signing Pierre Emerick Aubameyang got behind the Newcastle defense and Yedlin on the left, and he crossed the ball for £52M signing Alexandre Lacazette to hit the ball home first time.
This is what the American International had to say to the Chronicle about that goal – the first one we have conceded at St. James’ Park since Burnley scored on January 31 in the 1-1 draw:
“I actually lost focus for their opener and I was a bit upset about that.”
“I was just happy that I could help get us back in the game.”
“It was an unbelievable finish from Ayoze Perez and it was a lot harder than it looks.”
“You have to give him some credit for that.”
It was a terrific DeAndre cross that was brilliantly converted by Ayoze Perez to equalize the scores on Sunday.
Next up for Newcastle is a tough game at Goodison Park and the Toffees are one point ahead of us, and we have a game in hand on them.
A win in that game would take us into 9th position and give us five wins on the trot.