I’ve just got 10 words to say before we start this report of our final game this afternoon.
Rafa, Rafa, Rafa, Rafa, Rafa, Rafa, Rafa, Rafa, Rafa, Rafa,
Newcastle finished off a successful season by beating Chelsea 3-0 today and thoroughly deserved their win against last season’s Premier League Champions.
Rafa Benitez has a way of finishing seasons on a high and today was no exception with Newcastle on song and showing that spirit and determination of a Rafa Benitez side.
Newcastle beat Chelsea 3-0 this afternoon at St. James’ Park
Newcastle outplayed and outfought an off-color Chelsea side.
Ayoze Perez – scored a brace today
That stopped four defeats on the trot and with Crystal Palace and Bournemouth both winning their games we needed the 3 points to finish in 10th place above those two teams on goal difference.
This is only the third time in eleven years that we have finished in the upper half of the Premier League table under owner Mike Ashley.
Ayoze Perez scored twice in the second half, and Dwight Gayle opened the scoring in the first half as Newcastle were convincing winners against a flat Chelsea side.
Newcastle started this game like a steam train and were dominant from the off – as Rafa’s words in the dressing room certainly got through to our players.
Chelsea goalkeeper Courtois had returned from injury, and he had to be in top form to save from Jacob Murphy and Mohamed Diame then shot inches wide of the post.
Dwight Gayle did what he’s best at when he reacted first to an opportunity and put Newcastle ahead in the 23rd minute with a header.
Chelsea were lethargic, and the difference between the teams regarding urgency was enormous.
Our lads played their hearts out in front of another sold-out St. James’ Park.
It was 1-0 at the half, and then after 59 minutes, the match was over when Ayoze Perez made it 2-0.
Tiemoue Bakayoko messed up a clearance, and it went to Jonjo Shelvey, and Courtois blocked his shot, but Perez was on hand to score another goal.
And then just four minutes later Newcastle were 3-0 up to the delight of the Newcastle crowd, and it was Ayoze Perez again who was the scorer after Lejeune had put the ball across the goal.
Massadio Haidara was brought on for a final appearance at Newcastle after six and a half years at the club, and he will leave this summer when his contract runs out.
And then as the final whistle approached and the Newcastle fans were upbeat, there was a cry of
“Rafa Benitez, we want you to stay.”
There is absolutely no way that Mr. Rafa Benitez should be leaving Newcastle anytime soon and we implore our owner Mike Ashley to start moving quickly to get this man signed up for as long as possible.
He’s reinvigorated Newcastle with little money to spend last summer.
It was a wonderful performance from the lads and one we needed to finish in 10th place in the Premier League.
We now hope we can get close to £125M from the Premier League layer this week.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle: Dubravka; Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett; Diame (Haidara, 87), Shelvey; Ritchie (Hayden, 72), Perez, Murphy; Gayle (Joselu, 48).
Subs not used: Darlow, Manquillo, Gamez, Merino.
Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Moses, Barkley (Willian, 77), Kante, Bakayoko, Emerson; Hazard (Pedro, 82), Giroud (Morata, 77).
Subs not used: Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Fabregas.
Goals: Gayle 23, Perez 59, 63
Referee: Martin Atkinson (West Yorkshire)