Newcastle fans saw what we hope is the real Salomon Rondon today as he scored two good goals in the first half and had chances to make it a hat-trick in the second half.
Now we can understand why Salomon was Rafa’s number one transfer target last summer.
It’s just a pity we could not have got him in a couple of months earlier had owner Mike Ashley been willing the £16.5M in his relegation release clause at West Brom.
We wonder how many points that has cost Newcastle this season – the Newcastle hierarchy knows nothing about football – they have proved that so many times before.
So they need to start listening to Rafa who wanted Rondon in much earlier than when he finally arrived in the final week of the window and he was not fit.
Here’s what Rafa – shown above on the touchline today – said after the game:
“We knew that they would be difficult because they have had good form and are doing well. We have to give credit to our players, they were very good.”
“They gave everything and the atmosphere was good.”
“We have done well in some games but that was one of the best mentalities and the way we competed for the ball.”
“Salomon Rondon did well, he has to improve his fitness but he was working well and trying to fight the defenders. He shows what he can do and is giving us something different.”
They changed their play in the second half so we had to change ours and they were losing players to a few knocks.”
“We did well, they have pace and ability up front but we had to take chances and finish the game.”
We started really well, on the front foot, scored two goals. The goal we conceded gave them some confidence.”
“After losing three players in the last game, we have to give credit to this group because they reacted really well and, I think, deserved the points.”
Bottom line today – a second great win in a row.
Winning is happiness.