Rafa Benitez takes a tip from Arsene Wenger
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’.
“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
Darlow, Anita, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Colback (Gouffran 72), Shelvey, Atsu (Yedlin 82), Diame, Murphy (Gayle 66)
Elliot, Hanley, Gamez, Perez
Crowd: 23,213 (Newcastle 1,900)
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(To read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction go HERE)
(To read what Daryl Murphy said after the final whistle go HERE)
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