We put in a remarkable performance – Benitez showers praise on his players

Newcastle Manager, Rafa Benitez has praised his players for their fighting spirit in their victory over Westham to secure their first win since October.

The Magpies has had a difficult run of games in their last ten matches and their not too impressive results got them into the relegation zone but their victory today ensured they climbed back to 15th on the league table few days ahead of Christmas.

Benitez said after the match: “I think it’s a great day for our fans, players, and everyone. We have been working so hard and have not won, it was a pity.

“But at Westham, we fought for every single ball.

“We worked so hard, hit the post and the bar.

“There was also a penalty outside the box and other things went against us, but we held on.

“Rob Elliot saved a penalty and we got the goals when we needed them.

“There were so many games that we deserved more than we got.

“We can enjoy it for a couple of days now.”

Even as the former Liverpool Manager is now hopeful that his team has turned their situation around, he was not too concerned.

He continued: “I hope so.

“It’s difficult when you have a bad run but we analyzed the games and deserved more from four or five of them.

“But we lost confidence and it was very important for us to win.

“It was important for us to have a good performance against a good team, and they started well with pace, then later this long balls and second balls, but we dealt with things well.” – Benitez concluded.


Rafa Benitez: Christian Atsu making progress – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Nov 22, 2017. 15:00

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has explained that Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu is making progress in his recovery from injury.

The Black Stars man aggravated a thigh/groin injury while away on international duty and missed Ghana’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Egypt, as well as Newcastle’s 4-1 loss to Manchester United last weekend.

The Magpies will face Watford at home this weekend and Benitez has explained that while Atsu is making good progress, it is too early to say when he will return to action.

“[Jamaal] Lascelles is getting better, but still he will need some time, and Atsu is the same. It is too early to say [when they will be back],” Benitez explained.

“But [Mikel] Merino has been doing part of the training session and [Paul] Dummett has done the full training session, so that is positive news for us.”


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