Newcastle played really well on Monday night and had a very fluid formation – when we were defending it was a 5-4-1 formation but when we were attacking it seems like a 3-5-2 formation.
But it was so well executed by the players that it confused Burnley in the first 20 minutes of the game.
There’s no argument on Tyneside that Rafa Benitez is a brilliant manager – a perfect manager for Newcastle United, and the fans love him for what he’s trying to do at the club.
Rafa has pointed out how the two center-backs Federico Fernandez and Fabian Scar were critical to the win at Turf Moor.
Ciaran Clark – celebrates his goal on Monday night
He has also praised captain for the day – Ciaran Clark – who came in from the cold and had an outstanding game for us on the left side of the back three.
This is what Rafa Benitez has told the Chronicle today about these three players:
“They were crucial for us.”
“We have analysed the game back and watched every cross every ball and in all those situations to play with three was really important for us.”
“There were so many second balls there that the second man who was free was there to cover.”
“They made the difference for us.”
“Fede is doing well because he has experience and knows the Premier League.”
“I think the rest of the players know and respect him.”
“With Jamaal Lascelles injured and Ciaran Clark also not playing recently, he has been important.”
“For Clark, Fernandez and Fabian Schar to play together so well they have given us the chance to manage the situation.”
“Lascelles coming back and Florian Lejeune gives us more competition and hopefully it will be positive for us.”
We have a feeling it could be an unchanged side today at home to West Ham, but Shelvey, Muto, and Lascelles are all fit again and will at the very least be on the bench.
We need another win.