‘Win gives us momentum and confidence’, says Benitez

Date published: Saturday 30th April 2016 6:07

Rafa Benitez: Still a job to be done

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez claimed his side’s crucial 1-0 win over Crystal Palace will give them confidence as they look to avoid relegation.

Andros Townsend’s brilliant second-half free-kick earned the hosts maximum points and leaves them clear of the relegation zone, but they had to thank Karl Darlow for his second-ha;f penalty save from old boy Yohan Cabaye.

Benitez said: “We still have to play another two games. We will enjoy this weekend because we won and then we will focus on the next one against Aston Villa which will be a tough one.

“The victory means a lot, it gives us momentum, confidence and a connection with the fans.

“Hopefully it will be the same against Tottenham when we can avoid relegation and everyone will be happy.

“The free-kick was fantastic and the penalty save, I was really pleased for them. Hopefully Karl (Darlow) does not need to save anymore until the end of the season.

“For me the penalty is not clear, he is jumping with his hand, no one asked for the penalty of complained, so for me it was a surprise.

“I know the run in will be tough, we will try and do our best and win. We have to have confidence.”

Newcastle match-winner Townsend said: “Winning is a huge relief.

“I was going to shoot the other side of the wall, but they had such tall players, that I decided to wrong-foot the keeper and it worked out perfectly.

“It could be a massive three points and I am glad I played my part since I have joined and hopefully I will score a few more.

“The team are buzzing in there, it is a massive three points.

“Palace set up to relegate us, from minute one they were time wasting. Sunderland dropped points which is another bonus for us. We live to fight another day and now we prepare for Villa.”


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