Newcastle gave a fighting second-half performance yesterday after going 2-0 down in the first 32 minutes against Everton.
And it was Rondon and a brace from Perez in the final 25 minutes that gave us a famous victory against Everton and our 5th successive win at home.
It was also our 5th win and 16 points from the previous eight league games since we were beaten 2-0 at home by the Red Devils in the first game of the year.
One of the big talking points in the first half was when former Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford deliberately brought down Salomon Rondon in the penalty area to stop him from shooting after the goalkeeper had mishandled the ball.
Ayoze Perez after scoring
A penalty was given but not even a yellow card for the deliberate foul in the penalty area.
And most pundits thought it should have been a red card.
And then Matt Ritchie missed his first penalty for Newcastle, and a big chance was lost to get back into the game.
Pickford had an erratic game in goal as he was jeered by the Newcastle fans continuously throughout the game.
And the England goalkeeper seemed to lose his concentration a few times.
Rafa wasn’t worried about the Pickford foul although he thought it was probably a yellow card.
He was more worried about Matt Ritchie missing the penalty and then Everton going 2-0 up a couple of minutes later.
And Ritchie, Almiron, and Rondon had been practicing penalties during the week, and Rafa says a lot of them were going in.
This is what the Newcastle manager had to say after the game about whether Pit=ckford should have been sent off as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“No. It could be a yellow card, but that’s it. I’m not too worried about that.”
“It’s more about the fact that we missed the penalty and we conceded a goal.”
“We were practicing penalties the other day with Ritchie, Miguel Almiron, and Salomon Rondon, and they were scoring a lot of goals.”
“I don’t think we deserved to lose 2-0 in the way that we were playing.”
“We had some chances, and then we made some mistakes in terms of second balls and gave them the chance with the quality they have to play behind or in between.”
“We miss a penalty and one minute after, we concede, so things were going against us.”
“But at half-time, we were talking about staying calm, keep going, be sure that if we score one goal, we will be back in the game.”
It was a great win by Newcastle but only after we had made it difficult for ourselves in that first half.
And now we have a chance to get another 3 points at Bournemouth next Saturday afternoon, and hopefully, we can cut out the mistakes.