With Newcastle’s excellent 2-0 win at home to Burnley last night – our 4th win on the trot at home, and we are now 7 points ahead of third-bottom Southampton and have a better goal difference.
The Saints play Fulham at home this afternoon.
But Newcastle are now playing solidly, and we pose a threat up front with Almiron in the team, and he is bringing out the best in Ayoze Perez.
The goals were scored by Schar (26) and Longstaff (38), and they both had outstanding games last night.
Fabian scored a tremendous goal from all of 30 yards out – he’s some buy for us for £3M from Deportivo.
Sean, in particular, continues to look a top central midfielder who can become a great player under the guidance of Rafa Benitez.
Rafa Benitez last night on the touchline
His technique is almost flawless, and he’s likely to be capped at England U21 level with pundits like Alan Shearer continuing to sing his praises.
Rafa was encouraged by the performance after the game – we went 2-0 up by half time and then cruised a little in the second half but defended well to ensure the win.
This is some of what Rafa said after the game as reported in the Shields Gazette
“The players deserve all the credit today – they did really well.”
“They controlled the game in the first-half, and then defended well, fighting for each other in the second half.”
“Overall, it was a good performance against a good team, who were pushing all the time.”
“We had two or three situations in the second half when if we had done a little bit better we could’ve scored a third goal.”
“But I’m still really pleased.” “We had a lot of control in the first half.”
“Everything Burnley could do we knew about, and everything we could do to make them suffer we did that too.”
That was our 8th win of the season, and four of them have come in the previous six games, so we are surging at the right time.
Even Rafa was pleased with the goal from Fabian Schar and said he does that in training and he’s quite good.
Our lads played really well again last night with both heart and skill – all credit goes to them.