It was about 9:50pm that Rafa took his glasses off and put them into his inside pocket having guided Newcastle to an unlikely win against an in-form Leicester side after we had lost two games in a row without managing to score a goal.
But this win takes us to 38 points with four games still to play and will raise the morale of Newcastle fans all around the world.
As we had said before the game we needed a clean sheet and a win – since another loss would further lower the morale on Tyneside.
But when Rafa needs to, he can get a win, and the players were well organized and disciplined and made it really hard for the high flying Foxes.
It also shows why Rafa Benitez is made to measure for Newcastle United, and hopefully, the hierarchy and Rafa can talk in earnest next week about a new contract and then we have a good chance of beating Southampton at home a week tomorrow.
Miguel Almiron congratulates Ayoze Perez after scoring the winning goal
We need to do that to make up for our disappointment last Saturday against Crystal Palace.
We are now 10 points clear of third-bottom Cardiff with a better goal difference and Cardiff have six games to play.
Ayoze was back to his best tonight and scored with a nice glancing header after 32 minutes, and that was Ayoze’s 8th goal of the season – and 7th in the Premier League.
He had 8 PL goals last season.
This was the second season in succession we have won at the King Power Stadium having won 2-1 there last season around this time.
This was a Benitez like performance from our players who ran their hearts out tonight with Miguel Almiron seeming to run for miles…
Newcastle were again backed by a magnificent 3,000 fans who will have a happy journey back tonight.
After 25 minutes Wes Morgan fouled Ayoze Perez, and Salomon Rondon hit the crossbar with another superb free-kick – he’s been so unlucky in the last couple of games.
Newcastle were counter-attacking well in the first half, and then the energetic Matt Ritchie beat Ricardo Pereira and crossed for Perez, who got in front of Wes Morgan and his glancing header found the back of the net.
An excellent goal from the Newcastle forward.
It was Newcastle 1-0 up at the break, and they seemed determined to hang on for all 3 points in the second half.
Perez had a couple of chances early on in the second half, and then Almiron had a couple of chances which he squandered.
One was after Fabian Schar had taken the ball from his own half to set up another Newcastle attack.
Leicester pushed hard for an equalizer as the game went on, and Jamie Vardy could have done better with a chance after 80 minutes.
But Newcastle held on well and played an excellent defensive game at the King Power Stadium tonight.
We are virtually safe from relegation now, but Rafa will want to win the final four games of the season against Southampton (H), Brighton (A), Liverpool (H), and Fulham (A).
A magnificent performance from the lads tonight – just when we needed it most – the players need to take full credit for this win along with Rafa and his coaches.
Leicester: Schmeichel; Pereira, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell; Ndidi (Mendy, 72); Gray (Iheanacho, 72), Maddison, Barnes (Albrighton, 80), Tielemans; Vardy. Subs not used: Ward, Evans, Fuchs, Okazaki.
Newcastle: Dubravka; Manquillo, Schar, Lascelles, Dummett, Ritchie; Perez, Hayden, Ki (Diame, 82), Almiron (Atsu, 78); Rondon. Subs not used: Darlow, Shelvey, Muto, Fernandez, Yedlin.
Goal: Perez 32
Referee: Christopher Kavanagh (Manchester)