Fears for Newcastle: Rafa Benitez on Islam Slimani vs Man United

Jose Verdugo
Febrero 15, 2018

"We did well, although still we were a little bit lucky at the end".

"Every game now is massive and every point that we win will make the difference", said Perez. To win it means a lot for us.

Dwight Gayle admits it was a good feeling to repay the faith shown by Newcastle supporters after a "tough few months" for every connected with the club. "Still we have 11 games to play".

Slimani will be under pressure to emulate the impressive immediate impact made by fellow January arrivals Kenedy, the Chelsea loan midfielder and Slovakian global keeper Martin Dubravka, who produced a man-of-the-match debut display against Jose Mourinho's side to help secure a first home win in the league since October.

Newcastle now have a two-week break ahead of their next league clash with Bournemouth on February 24 and the former Liverpool boss is hoping that the forward will be fit for the tie at the Vitality Stadium. It was important for us that we got the three points.

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Jose Mourinho has now failed to win any of his seven league games at St James' Park, and the Manchester United manager was full of respect for Newcastle's efforts.

"Today, we did very well, but we didn't need to win because they (Huddersfield) won, we needed to win anyway".

Mourinho bemoaned his side's defending for Ritchie's victor, and contrasted his own players' lack of urgency in that situation to the frenzied effort that secured Newcastle all three points.

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has revealed that the club has an option to buy Martin Dubravka at the end of the season. "We were aggressive, and they didn't like it".

The biggest disappointment was the build-up to the goal as Matt Ritchie was left with all the time in the world to slot home his first goal of the campaign, and post-match Lascelles was scathing of United's performance stating that most of United's went "missing". But sometimes you attract that luck with your state of mind.

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