Rafa was a pleased man at the end of the game, but as usual, he summed things up quite calmly and clinically.
We didn’t deserve to be 2-0 down after 32 minutes, but we were, and there was some sloppy play at the back again from the Newcastle defense – that’s 4 goals conceded in the previous two games.
Mistakes from Lascelles and Dubravka led to the two goals being conceded.
Rafa will again work on the defense this coming for our trip to Bournemouth next Saturday at 3:00pm – we need more clean sheets.
But hey, we have taken 16 points from the previous eight games with five wins and that unlucky draw at Wolves.
Rafa Benitez congratulates Ayoze Perez after an amazing comeback
This is what the boss said after our 5th successive home win:
“As always, it’s the reaction of the players. At half time, we were talking about staying calm, don’t concede another goal.”
“I told them if we scored one goal, we’d be back in the game. We kept pushing – stopping them playing and creating chances.”
“This team is important. The link between Ayoze Perez and Aalomon Rondon.”
“If Messi was doing that everybody would be talking about the goal.”
“The players deserve to win these five games in a row at home.”
“Normally I say to the players stay calm at half time, score one goal and get back into the game.”
“In the first half we had chances to score but they scored two goals.”
“We changed the shape of the team – with Ritchie on the right and four at the back.”
“We were winning more second balls in the second half.”
“I will say I don’t think we would have deserved to lose 2-0 the way were playing.”
“We made some mistakes, created some chances. Then we miss a penalty, and a minute later we concede a goal.”
“Things were going against us.”
“At half-time, we said ‘keep going, one goal, and get back into it’ – the players understood that.”
“Ayoze is a player of quality. He can lose the ball but he is capable of scoring great goals.”
This was an incredible game for Newcastle fans – I’m off to watch it again.
A fantastic win just when we needed it most.
What more could you ask for?
Rafa to sign a new six-year deal at Newcastle.