Rafa Benitez reacts to Newcastle's club-record win over Cardiff

Newcastle fans at the Cardiff City Stadium
Newcastle fans at the Cardiff City Stadium

Rafa Benitez hailed his promoted Newcastle United after they claimed a club-record 14th away win of the season.

Benitez's second-placed side beat Cardiff City 2-0 tonight thanks to goals from Christian Atsu and Isaac Hayden.

The victory beat a record set by Kevin Keegan's 1992-93 promotion-winning side.

"I'm really pleased, because I think the players were doing so well all season, especially away, that it was a pity not to have broken the record before," said United manager Benitez.

"To do it today after the promotion and be closer to Brighton is quite positive for everyone."

Newcastle are a point behind league leaders Brighton and Hove Albion, who take on Bristol City tomorrow evening needing one win from their last two games to clinch the title.

Asked about United's hopes of winning the league, Benitez said: "You never know. Something that they have is experience.

"We did our job. We're happy with that. Also, when you play away, always it's good for your fans if you can win, and especially if it's a long, long trip.

"I think that the fans were delighted and hopefully they can go back even happier."