Date: 22nd September 2016 at 6:36pm
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Manager Rafa Benitez was delighted to see Newcastle pick up victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday evening to book our place in the next round of the League Cup.

With Walter Zenga’s side running out two nil victors at St James’ Park in the league encounter the other day, the replay of that fixture but in the League Cup saw us come out as two nil victory with goals from Matt Ritchie and Yoan Gouffran, and speaking to the Official Site the gaffer was obviously pleased with the night’s work – especially as he felt it showed we had learned the lessons from the weekend’s defeat.

With eight changes made to the starting line up, he was obviously also pleased with those that came in.

‘Yeah, I think so. We analysed Saturday’s game and we were prepared for this approach. Afterwards, they changed and played with two big lads up front, but still we managed to make some changes so I was really pleased with the reaction of the team. I think it was important to show that we’re good enough to win these kind of games, and we did it. We changed players and still the team did a good job so I was really pleased; we go through, we played quite well and we scored great goals.’


‘To start the game well is always really important for the confidence; for some players, it was their debut so to have everyone involved and doing well in the end was a key part of their success. I think the fans enjoyed the night, especially the two goals. The goals were great. It’s important to go through but scoring these kind of goals is even better for everyone in the stadium. Winning gives you more confidence, so hopefully we will have high confidence for the game against Aston Villa and do well.’

Goalscorer Ritchie was also interviewed after the game, and he felt that the opening goal had been crucial to our success.

‘To be honest, I think the games were very similar. On Saturday, they scored the first goal and I think again on Tuesday it could have gone either way. In the first half, we were lucky enough to get the first goal and we didn’t look back. I think if that had been the case on Saturday, it could have been the same story. We had a few chances in the first half on Saturday and didn’t take them, and we got beat. But it was a very similar game, especially in the first half. It would have been difficult, if Wolves had scored first again, for us to get back in the game because they’re solid, organised and a tough team to play against, but when we scored the first goal we really took control of the game and the second one helped in quick succession.’

As for his goal, it was his first from open play and he revealed that it’s something that had been working on in training.

‘We’ve been working in training on getting people around the ball and in support, and Jack played a lovely ball in behind for me. Luckily enough, I stayed calm and tucked it in the corner so I was delighted with that. I’ve had a couple of chances – I still have sleepless nights about that one at Fulham – so it was good to get off the mark from open play and hopefully the goals will come.’

As for his assist for Gouffran, he added.

‘What a strike. It was a fantastic strike against Derby and again on Tuesday I think it was probably better. Everyone knows Gouff’s been fantastic so far this season and long may it continue.’

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