Rafival is on



April 21, 2016
Rafival is on

Newcastle's Sergio Arguero. CREDIT: Sourced

Newcastle lifted by Benitez the saviour

Sergio Aguero’s offside goal is not the end of the world for Newcastle, who are beginning to believe they can survive their relegation battle.

Rafa Benitez’s manne fought hard to hold off Manchester City at St James Park on Tuesday night to earn a vital point in a 1-1 draw.

And they could have gotten all three points if the linesman had spotted Aguero was way offside at the freekick when he scored his 100th Premier League goal.

Fifa president Gianni Infantino says he hopes the 2018 World Cup in Russia will be the first tournament where video referees help officials with “game-changing” decisions.

But that would be too late for the Magpies, who are in 19th place and two points from safety.

However, the players are starting to believe after Vurnon Anita’s leveller.

Midfielder Jack Colback hopes that the result proves to be “a crucial point” in their bid for survival.

He says: “It’s a good point for us because we always knew it would be a very tough game.

“We were hoping to win but it’s a positive result that we can take forward into the remaining games.

“We have to see it as a point gained. Obviously, the goal they scored was unfortunate but City are a top side.”

Jamaal Lascelles, who scored the Toon’s winner against Swansea last weekend, believes the Magpies were unfortunate not to take all three with substitute Georginio Wijnaldum denied a late winner by Joe Hart.

The centre half reckons the result will act as a “confidence boost” as Rafa Benitez and his team prepare to visit Liverpool this Saturday.

He says: “It’s just a little confidence boost and it puts us on the front foot.

“The situation we’re in now is not nice to be in, but it is a confidence boost and we can only take the positives from that and just move on to the game on Saturday.”

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