The most important win of the season was probably when in front of a worldwide TV audience we beat Manchester United at home 1-0 on February 11th.
The previous four games we had played well but only collected 3 points from those 4 games (three draws) and wins were what we needed.
It was a brilliant performance from our players against the Red Devils – full of guts and glory.
After the game, even Manchester manager Jose Benitez said it was a beautiful thing to watch – the Newcastle players playing their hearts out.
Jamaal Lascelles – big wins made the difference
After getting a point at Bournemouth and suffering a 2-0 defeat at Anfield, we went on to get four successive wins against Southampton, Huddersfield, Leicester, and Arsenal and we were safe on 41 points.
Newcastle then had four successive defeats before we took Chelsea apart 3-0 on the final day of the season.
This is what Jamaal Lascelles has said about those big wins:
“Those big wins almost made the difference. “And nobody expected us to go and beat the likes of Man United, Arsenal, and Chelsea.”
“Think of those nine points and where we’d be without them (fourth bottom).”
“Four of the last five games weren’t good enough and we know that ourselves.”
“But we’d have been disappointed had we lost the last game against Chelsea as we wanted to finish on a high which we did.”
“The boys have been fantastic throughout the season, as have our fans, so I’m really delighted with everyone.”
“At times the results maybe weren’t there but the performances were, especially at Wembley against Tottenham.”
“We went to all the top grounds and did OK which is what we did against Spurs.”
“What we need next season is to play with intensity like we did that night.”
“We were quite unlucky not to score and we deserved more from that game.”
As Jamaal says Newcastle were definitely unlucky against Spurs and we could easily have won that game if we had taken some of those first-half chances.
That’s an area of the side that Rafa will want to improve in this summer’s transfer market.