Last night`s Stoke v Man City game not only saw a result that helped us points wise in the league table but, also, in terms of goal difference.
I have been a bit miffed at points this season with the way pundits have had a pop at Rafa for setting us up very defensively in order to get draws or nick wins.
Crucially, though, even when we`ve lost those games they`ve not often been by many goals and now, when we look at the goal difference table too, we`re better off than a lot of those around us.
Obviously, getting safe on points alone would be nice but having this as an extra cushion could prove vital and it seems I`m not the only one to have thought about this after last night. Let`s take a look at some of what has been said on Twitter.
Newcastle have a better defensive record than –
Also #NUFC have the best GD from 9th place downwards.
Rafa`s tactics don`t seem too bad now do they @GNev2?
? CompleteNUFC (@CompleteNUFC) 13 March 2018
Imagine were we could be with a very good striker whomcohld.get 15/20 goals a season
? Lee (@Lee45537781) 13 March 2018
? Suffolk Geordie (@SuffolkGeordie) 13 March 2018
Stoke conceded 9 goals against Man City this season.
Remember @GNev2 slating Rafa for only conversing 1 in our home game?
We’re now 18 goals better off than Stoke#NUFC
? NUFC Gallowgate (@NUFCgallowgate) 12 March 2018
I think rafa has been very astute, he was aware goal difference could have an effect on final 3 places at end of season, master stroke from someone who in his carreer has spent more games at the other end of the table yet he has vision to know what is what. amazing
? jimmy kelly (@xskye69x) 12 March 2018
Hence why @GNev2 is sat on a chair in a tv studio talking about the game(very good he is at it too on the whole) while Rafa is a manager that has won everything a club manager can win.
? Dan Willan (@DanWillan84) 13 March 2018
Stoke`s goal difference is already -28, the worst in the league. Our GD could be worth an extra point come May #NUFC
? NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) 12 March 2018
We`ve got at least a 5 goal advantage on every team below us. The best goal difference in the bottom 11… that`s impressive.
? Lee Robson (@leerobson23) 12 March 2018
9th best goal difference in the league. Not bad bearing in mind we`ve been hovering above the relegation zone since December!
? Nick Forster (@Forster_Nick95) 12 March 2018
It is worth an extra point.
? Andreas Martins (@amth0) 12 March 2018
we’ve got the best GD in bottom half which means we need 5 more points to stay up, who wouldn’t take that
? john t graham (@toonjohnnyg) 12 March 2018
Yip so Rafas so called negative tactics could be crucial .
? David HUDDART (@DavidHUDDART1) 12 March 2018