Alan Shearer joined with every other Newcastle fan in applauding the team as they hammered Chelsea.
Chelsea went into the game still dreaming of Champions League qualification, whilst Newcastle ambitions only extended to clinging onto a top half finish after four straight defeats.
However, from early on, on Sunday afternoon, two things were clear.
Rafa’s players really wanted this and Conte’s men didn’t look interested.
Bizarrely, the visitors sat back and let Newcastle United and in particular, Jonjo Shelvey, dictate the game.
Dwight Gayle opened the scoring after 23 minutes when Courtois denied Murphy and from that point the result was never in doubt.
Newcastle could have been three up and out of sight at the break but instead they had to wait until 63 minutes for that, a quickfire Perez double putting the game to bed. An instinctive finish as he deflected a Shelvey shot past the keeper, then an excellent free-kick move saw Lejeune expertly squaring the ball for a simple close-in goal.
On the final whistle, Alan Shearer congratulated the players on a ‘brilliant season’ and a top half finish.
Whilst the NUFC legend also praised the rest of the Newcastle fanbase, especially for sticking with the team when dropping into the relegation zone with a horrendous run of one point from nine games, late in 2017.
Alan Shearer and the rest of us now wait on the other important questions, now that the season comes to a close.
Now those two things would really make this a near perfect season.
“Congrats to Rafa and all the players at Newcastle United for a brilliant season and finishing 10th.
“Well done AGAIN to all the fans for sticking with the team when at times it was tough.
“Newcastle cannot, cannot, lose Rafa Benitez.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0
Newcastle: Gayle 23, Perez 59, 63
Possession was Chelsea 58% Newcastle 42%
Total shots were Chelsea 6 Newcastle 16
Shots on target were Chelsea 2 Newcastle 6
Corners were Chelsea 2 Newcastle 4
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie (Hayden 72), Shelvey, Diame (Haidara 87), Murphy, Perez, Gayle (Joselu 48)
Darlow, Manquillo, Gamez, Merino
Crowd: 52,294 (3,000 Chelsea)