Rafa Benitez reflected on the second of two very important wins in the past five days.

His players following up Tuesday’s victory at Brighton with a tremendous 3-1 at Huddersfield.

Plenty of talking points in the game, not least of which we the two penalty decisions.

Newcastle taking the lead on ten minutes and then Huddersfield offered a route back into the match when awarded their spot-kick with just short of twenty minutes remaining.

David Wagner said that Newcastle’s shouldn’t have been given because of an alleged Shelvey handball.

However, Rafa Benitez took a leaf out of Arsene Wenger’s book.

The United boss saying ‘I didn’t see any of them (penalty incidents) to be fair…so I can’t say too much.

Rafa though happy to say that after Huddersfield were given that penalty route back into the game, he thought ‘the response from the players was fantastic’.

Rafa Benitez:

“This group of players work so hard and deserve this.

“It is important for us because we continue winning games – the fans, the away fans, they will be really happy.

‘What did you think of the penalties?’

“I didn’t see any of them to be fair: our penalty I couldn’t see because some bodies in the middle and I couldn’t see he pen against us, so I can’t say too much…

“The thing is, both were goals, so maybe it didn’t change anything.

“Always important to score first, especially in this kind of game where the other team needs to win.

“They feel more pressure and then pushing and pushing – but because we had the advantage, we could manage a little bit better.

“After their penalty, the response from the players was fantastic.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Huddersfield 1 Newcastle 3

Newcastle: Ritchie 10 (Pen), Murphy 32, Gayle 90+1

Huddersfield: Mooy 72 (Pen)

Possession was Huddersfield  76% Newcastle 24%

Total shots were Huddersfield 16 Newcastle 6

Shots on target were Huddersfield 6 Newcastle 5

Corners were Huddersfield 9 Newcastle 3

Referee: Roger East

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Anita, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Colback (Gouffran 72), Shelvey, Atsu (Yedlin 82), Diame, Murphy (Gayle 66)

Unused Subs

Elliot, Hanley, Gamez, Perez

Crowd: 23,213 (Newcastle 1,900)

(Go HERE to view the interactive Newcastle player ratings and to add your own)

(To read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction go HERE)

(To read what Daryl Murphy said after the final whistle go HERE)



  • ToonTom

    Neither incident was a penalty. It’s all just part of the football pantomime. “Fall down if you lose the ball or if you want a penalty” – there’s a 40%+ chance the ref will just give you the decision. Pretty soon, players will give away free kicks for being within ten yards of an opposing player.

    • Guest 2

      Ours was more of a penalty than Burnleys against Swansea. Wrong team, wrong arm!

  • ToonTom

    Anyone remember that wonderful ‘Billy the Fish’ moment when – completely alone – he dives on the halfway line and the referee gives a penalty (or some such madness)? Well, that was just a foretaste of what football has become. A pantomime of influencing the officials. Am I the only one who is completely sick of it?

    • Leazesl Ender

      Its called winning a penalty…. yes you are right!

    • Delashio

      Yes players spend 90+ minutes trying to con the ref then when he makes a wrong decision he gets slated for it.

  • Wor Monga

    The yorkie crowd were yelling for handball every time one of the Toon lads was hit by the ball on their front or back, anywhere above the waist…I couldn’t believe it…it was as though they were programmed to shout it as well as ‘terrify’ our lads with their clappers…Hahahha!!!

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Our penalty was 100% nailed on, Huddersfield`s was a bit iffy to say the least, ha ha