Rafa Benitez was pleased with the overall performance and the commitment of his players in the 2-0 win at home to Huddersfield today.
Maybe the only thing we could have done better is to score more goals, but we hit the woodwork quite a few times.
The Terriers were reduced to 10 men after only 20 minutes when Tommy Smith was sent off for a rash tackle on Almiron.
Newcastle created a lot of chances today, and if we can get another good striker in over the summer, we will be a much better side next season.
The star players today were Sean Longstaff in the middle of the park and new boy Almiron who must have been pleased with his debut performance at St. James’ Park.
Rafa Benitez on the touchline today
This is some of what Rafa said after the game:
“We did well so I was pleased with the performance of the players.”
“It was difficult for them with 10 men but they still had chances. We had a lot of chances and we hit the post or bar three or four times.”
He (Almiron) did what we expected of him. He linked well with the other forwards. It was a great day for him and the fans.
“He’s very dynamic and he has good movement behind the defenders and between the lines.”
“It’s now important to settle down in the Premier League and understand the mentality of the PL.”
“If he can stay at the same level and score a goal, it will be better.”
“Longstaff did very well. He has the support of the players around him and the fans. He did very well.
“Everyone was expecting we could win but maybe not that we could play so well and create so many chances.”
“Now we must carry on. Every game is a final for us and we must play with the same intensity against Burnley.”