Alan Shearer was at the game on Saturday and has since the bizarre performance of England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford during the game.
But he has also talked about the electric atmosphere during the game and the fact it was the loudest he had heard St. James’ Park for quite a while.
It was also a sellout with over 52,000 in attendance, and things are looking positive again at the club.
That’s even though Rafa’s three-year deal ends in June – but we are hopeful he will sign a new contract to stay at Newcastle even though Mike Ashley is still the owner.
Rafa was interviewed on nufcTV and he was appreciative of Alan Shearer’s positive comments after the fabulous come from behind 3-2 win last Saturday.
Rafa Benitez talks to Jonjo Shelvey after the win
This is what Rafa said when reminded of Alan’s comments:
“It’s massive for us to win this way and with the fans behind us,”
“Obviously he (Shearer) knows what it means to have this atmosphere around the stadium, so I’m really pleased also with these words.”
“What that means is that something is right at the moment in the stadium and around the team.”
“Against Everton we conceded goals, but not because the team was not focused on doing what they have to do.”
“Everton have some good players, so you have to give credit to them.”
“We understood that the approach at West Ham was not good enough,”
“But the reaction has been the key for this team’s spirit, and it is what you are expecting from this team from now until the end of the season.”
“To be fair, the way that we won you can say that it was quite good.”
“You have to give credit to our players because from the beginning we were working hard, trying to do well, creating chances, but we didn’t take our chances.”
“We missed the penalty, we conceded one minute after, and so it was quite difficult to react to that.”
“At half-time I was telling them to stay calm, score a goal and get back into the game.”
“Until the end they were pushing and pushing, and then you could feel the fans behind the team, helping the team to do a little bit more.”
“So, in the end, everyone was happy.”
Newcastle are quite well positioned in the league table now in 13th place and here are the next six games we have to play.
Sat 16 Mar Bournemouth vs Newcastle 3:00pm Mon 01 Apr Arsenal vs Newcastle 8:00pm Sat 06 Apr Newcastle vs Crystal Palace 3:00pm Fri 12 Apr Leicester vs Newcastle 8:00pm Sat 20 Apr Newcastle vs Southampton 5:30pm Sat 27 Apr Brighton vs Newcastle 5:30pm
How many points do you think we can get from those 6 games?