It will be very interesting to see how Newcastle play at home tomorrow afternoon in what is Rafa Benitez’ home debut at St. James’ Park.
Certainly on Monday night at the King Power Stadium in the second half it was Newcastle who were pressing the league leaders, but we just couldn’t score to get a point, which would have been well deserved.
We usually don’t even turn up for the away games, so that was a good performance at Leicester – and usually we play well at home – so we are hoping to see a stellar performance from the lads tomorrow.
Rafa Benitez – anything can happen in a derby
This is what Rafa Benitez has said about this game:
“When you have a derby, anything can happen – every game, every season, every manager, new players, so everything changes and hopefully we can change also the result and the score will be good for us.”
“But you cannot be thinking about what happened in the past, you have to concentrate on what you will do on the pitch and what will happen in the future.“
“It’s really good if you can win, and we will try to think about that and nothing else.”
“We know that every game is really, really important and especially this one because it’s a derby and the situation in the table for both teams, so we know we have to get these three points to keep the positive mood that we have at the moment.”
Rafa is certainly a presence on the touchline and almost the opposite of Steve McClaren – Rafa is cool and relaxed during the games and is a calming presence to our players.
If we can get the win tomorrow we will go 2 points above Sunderland and depending on how Norwich fare at West Brom today a win could even lift us out of the bottom three.
That would be an excellent outcome following Rafa’s first game at home under his stewardship.