In the last two games in the Premier League Newcastle have fought back from being behind and we have amassed 4 points at home to Everton and then away at Bournemouth.
Against Everton, we were 2-0 down at half time but came back with two goals in the last 10 minutes from Perez to win that game 3-2.
That’s the first time since 2003 we have come from two goals down in a PL game to win the game.
And at Bournemouth after being 1-0 ahead, Matt Richie scored a sensational equalizer against his former club after four minutes of stoppage time to get us another valuable point in the 2-2 draw.
Rafa Benitez in training – is that Mike Ashley’s helicopter overhead
We suspect though that Rafa will not be too pleased to have conceded two goals in each of our previous three games.
Benitez has been interviewed in the Chronicle and asked if he was proud of the recent fighting comebacks:
“As a manager, you’re more than proud. It’s fine,”
“But I will be really proud if we achieve what we want to achieve this season.”
“It’s just to make sure we are all convinced that the team is strong enough, the players are working hard, and the players believe we can get results anyway.”
“I don’t think it’s bad to have a break and players can then enjoy some time with their families, before getting focused during training for the Arsenal game.
“I think sometimes at this stage of the season it’s good for the players to have some days off.”
We’re not sure what Newcastle’s (official) goals are for the season, but as far as Rafa is concerned, he wants Newcastle to get as many points in the final seven games as possible.
At this stage of the season, that’s all that matters.
Most of the squad have had a decent rest over the last two weeks.
And playing on Monday night has allowed Rafa to get the whole squad together for four or five days before the big test at the Etihad.
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