Rafa Benitez quizzed on whether he’ll be watching Brighton
Rafa Benitez saw his players do their bit, beating Cardiff to go within one point of top spot.
That 2-0 win puts pressure on Chris Hughton and his team going into their 5.30pm kick-off at home to Bristol City.
If Brighton fail to win, then the title race moves on to Sunday 7 May when high noon will see Newcastle host Barnsley and Brighton travel to Aston Villa.
Asked whether he’ll be watching on Saturday teatime, Rafa Benitez has said that he doesn’t think he will watch it, preferring to spend time with his family.
Despite making five changes, the strength of Newcastle’s squad showed through, with a very good second half performance and two goal victory in a difficult looking match.
Rafa isn’t confident Newcastle will end up top and points to Brighton’s experience holding them in good stead this season.
The United boss though happy to concentrate on what he could influence and says he thinks last night the fans ‘were delighted and hopefully they can go back home even happier’.
“You never know (whether can win title).
“Something they (Brighton) have is experience but we did our job, we’re happy with that.
“It’s always good for your fans when you can win, especially if it’s a long, long trip.
“I think the fans were delighted and hopefully they can go back home even happier.
“I don’t think I will watch the Brighton game. I will try and enjoy (time) with the family.
“The reaction of the players, especially after the promotion, I think they were focused, especially in the second half.
“I’m really pleased because the players were doing so well all season, especially away, that it was a pity not to have broken the record (number of away wins in a season) before now,
“To do it today, after the promotion, and be closer to Brighton, is positive for everybody.
“After promotion we gave the players a day off and then during the week they were training well.
“You could see, especially in that second half, we played very good football.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Cardiff 0 Newcastle 2
Newcastle: Atsu 55, Hayden 65
Possession was Cardiff 42% Newcastle 58%
Total shots were Cardiff 13 Newcastle 14
Shots on target were Cardiff 3 Newcastle 5
Corners were Cardiff 5 Newcastle 4
Referee: Graham Scott
Elliot, Yedlin, Mbemba, Clark, Dummett, Perez (Sterry 90), Colback (Shelvey 73), Hayden, Atsu, Diame, Murphy (Mitrovic 66)
Darlow, Lazaar, Haidara, Gouffran
Crowd: 23,153 (Newcastle approx 4,300)
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