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Martin Keown on Rafa Benitez ‘This fellow knows exactly what he wants from his team’

6 years ago

Watching Newcastle’s two goal comeback at Liverpool really impressed Martin Keown.

The former Arsenal and England defender thinks that Newcastle always had good players but now they believe they can get out of trouble.

The change in that belief is down to only one person….

Martin Keown thinks that Newcastle’s fighting spirit is simply down to the new manager, stating that Rafa Benitez ‘knows exactly what he wants from his team’.

This has been clearly shown by the drastic action Rafa has taken with his team selection, benching some £50m worth of ‘talent’ as after a few games he has decided on who he can bets rely on in this relegation fight.

Whilst Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool still should have won, Martin Keown instead deserved that bit of luck that helped them to a massive point yesterday.

Keown believes players being encouraged to get forward is also paying bigger dividends, nowhere more so than in away matches.

Newcastle have now scored five goals in their last three away games, compared to only two in their previous eight (including Rafa’s first match at Leicester).

Martin Keown speaking on Match of The Day:

“The fighting spirit that they showed, a renewed fighting spirit, and this fellow (Rafa Benitez) knows exactly what he wants from his team.

“Wijnaldum comes on at half-time and three minutes into it they score, timing is perfect.

Liverpool running out of energy, a difficult game in the week…

“What a ball from Anita (first goal), fantastic. Cisse rises, almost jumps out of the ground, great header but there is a lot of quality with the cross,

They (Newcastle) have got good players, who now believe that maybe they can get out of trouble.

“That is the difference for them, suddenly, like Leicester, they want to get players forward.

“Townsend occupies so many players (five) as they don’t want him to come (inside) and shoot, He uses his right foot to good effect and Colback (scoring equaliser) is arriving in the box – suddenly, instead of playing deep he is coming forward and expressing himself.

“Newcastle deserved that little bit of luck.”


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