Just as Rafa had hinted once we got our first win last week, he was hoping we could start racking up some more wins.
And after beating 7th placed Watford last week 1-0 we beat the 6th placed Bournemouth side at home this afternoon 2-1.
One disappointment was the crowd was just over 49,000.
There was a minute’s silence before the game to commemorate Remembrance Sunday tomorrow.
And there was a beautiful display of poppies at the Gallowgate end – stunning.
Both goals came from new striker Salomon Rondon who has now scored 3 goals in all competitions this season.
And Newcastle moved up to 14th in the table – a rise of three places.
It was Salomon Rondon who showed why Rafa wanted him at Newcastle and he scored two first-half goals after 7 and 40 minutes before Lerma scored one for Bournemouth deep into stoppage time in the first half.
As we had hoped after last week’s win the same team that finished the game started this one.
Newcastle went ahead after only seven minutes when DeAndre Yedlin brilliantly got behind the Bournemouth defense and set it up for Rondon who got the ball into the net at his second attempt.
Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka then did well to save a Ryan Fraser free-kick, and there was then some lengthy treatment for Adam Smith, who was replaced by Charlie Daniels.
Then on 40 minutes, it was Rondon again with a powerful header to make it 2-0 for Newcastle – the first time we have been two goals up at home this season.
Ki had another good performance, and late in the first half he played a long cross ball to Kenedy and from the left-wing cross from the Brazilian, Rondon headed home nicely.
It was a full six minutes into stoppage time when Jefferson Lerma headed home a cross from Fraser.
That’s the first goal we have conceded in three games.
Benitez introduced Isaac Hayden and Ciaran Clark in the second half as Bournemouth went all out for the equalizer.
Newcastle defended desperately in the final 20 minutes.
Christian Atsu came on, and Benitez even switched to a five-man defense to hold onto the lead and a second successive 3 points.
And would you believe it but Rondon was through on goal right at the end but the ball was deflected for a corner – he could have had a hat-trick.
Looks like Rafa knows how to get the best out of the Venezuelan now he is finally available.
We have aslo gained 6 points on the Cherries over the last two games and have won both our games and Bournemouth have lost both of theirs.
It was another great performance from the lads and another 3 points just before the International.
Who could ask for more?
Newcastle: Dubravka; Yedlin, Schar, Fernandez, Dummett; Ki, Diame (Atsu, 80); Ritchie (Hayden, 74), Perez, Kenedy (Clark, 78); Rondon.
Subs not used: Darlow, Murphy, Manquillo, Joselu.
Bournemouth: Begovic, Francis, Cook, Ake, Lerma (Gosling, 46), Ibe (Defoe, 81), Wilson, Smith (Daniels, 30), Cook, Brooks, Fraser.
Subs not used: Boruc, Surman, Pugh, Mousset.
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)