Rafa Benitez must have been a very pleased man tonight having seen all the hard work he has done on the training ground with his players starting to pay off.
We now have four wins and 13 points from the last six games and if we can keep that up for the last 10 games we will beat last season’s total of 44 points.
But we don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves either because last season we lost four of the last five games.
But Rafa is adamant he will take one game at a time and do all he can to get the 3 points in every one of the final 10 games remaining for the season.
Sean Longstaff – scores his first goal in Premier League for Newcastle
This is what he said tonight in his press conference after the game:
“We have a message that is very clear: one game at a time. Why are we winning games now? Because everybody is doing what they have to do and everybody is focused just on the games.”
“And it’s what we have to do against West Ham.”
“I was not thinking too much about how many points we could be clear. Just carry on doing what we know we can do well.”
“We went to Spain and trained really well and we came back and are in the same situation. The players work hard and are keen to do the right things”
“They want to be solid as a team and be a threat.’
I said so many times when he (Longstaff was coming with us and training with us he was doing well.”
“He was lucky enough to make his debut sooner rather than later because of injuries but now he deserves to be in there.”
“A lot of positives we have a young, local lad playing well and scoring goals.”
“We know what we have to do and we try to do that. Atsu’s a very good player and he gives us different things. We know we have different things now with Almiron and that’s good for me.”
“We know he (Schar) is capable of doing that. On the ball, he is good, and now he is improving in defense and the understanding with the other players is getting better.”