Francisco de Miguel Moreno passes on post-match Rafa message after win v Swansea
Francisco de Miguel Moreno was standing in for Rafa Benitez on Sunday afternoon and the team did both of them proud.
Newcastle coming away from the Liberty Stadium with three points and a clean sheet.
On medical advice Rafa Benitez had stayed at home in the north west and not made the journey to Wales, where his side picked up their first away victory of the season.
Having assisted Rafa at everywhere from Liverpool to Real Madrid, Francisco de Miguel Moreno (AKA Paco) was on the spot to carry out the manager’s wishes.
Paco saying after the final whistle that Rafa Benitez had rang and declared ‘We are now underway’.
Despite enjoying his win as stand-in boss, Paco still insisted ‘We need Rafa back as soon as possible’ and suggested the manager would be probably be back at the training ground on Tuesday.
Francisco de Miguel Moreno:
“I feel very happy, very glad for the performance of the players and we are on the way.
“We have been working very hard during the week and now it is a good moment.
“Rafa has been quite active, speaking with one of the staff and that has worked. Everyone contributed and it was fine.
“We expected them to play with five at the back and we realised it was four – but everything was as planned.
“We tried to control their midfielders and attack down wide.
“Jamaal Lascelles has the spirit of a captain…without doubt. He manages everything so well and involved in all situations.
“We need Rafa back as soon as possible. This week he will join us, probably on Tuesday.
“He (Rafa) wanted to come and wanted to do everything he could to attend but the weather conditions were not the best.
“He has been active in the game and kept in touch with us throughout the game.
“All of the staff were involved and have been working very hard.
“After the game Rafa rang us and congratulated all the team because they did a fantastic job.
“Rafa said ‘We are now underway’.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Swansea 0 Newcastle 1
Newcastle: Lascelles 76
Possession was Swansea 62% Newcastle 38%
Total shots were Swansea 10 Newcastle 16
Shots on target were Swansea 4 Newcastle 8
Corners were Swansea 7 Newcastle 5
Referee: Mike Jones
Elliot, Manquillo, Lascelles, Clark, Gamez, Ritchie, Hayden (Diame 69), Merino, Murphy (Atsu 59), Perez, Joselu (Gayle 78)
Woodman, Shelvey, Yedlin, Lejeune
Crowd: 20,872 (2,000 Newcastle)
(Read instant NUFC fan/writer reaction after final whistle HERE)
(Read Alan Shearer’s reaction to the Newcastle win HERE)
(Give us your Newcastle player ratings v Swansea HERE)
(Credit to Swansea boss Paul Clement for this post-match reaction HERE)
(Steve Claridge says Newcastle ‘Nicked it’)
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