I’ve never known a person who has been successful in life – be it a man or woman – who is not naturally a positive person looking on the bright side of things.
And it is no surprise the way Benitez has gone about the rather difficult job he has at Newcastle to save us from relegation – and we now know it is indeed a difficult job.
He has blown into Newcastle and told everybody who will listen to him that he believes Newcastle will avoid relegation this season – and that we have got some very good players and he’s kept to that – even though our first two results aren’t what we all had hoped for.
But the team is playing a lot better, there’s room for improvement and certainly there’s no reason why we cannot go on a run of wins and end up safe this season.
Rafa Benitez – on the touchline on Sunday
We dodged a huge bullet yesterday – because if we had lost a 7th straight game to Sunderland that would have been too hard to take – but Mitrovic scored a great equalizer late in the game, brilliantly set up by Gini Wijnaldum.
And we need to use Georginio further up the field, because he can create chances and he can score goals for us too – he’s still our top goalscorer with 9 goals.
We did not play well in the first half and Sunderland did and after the game Rafa was asked what he did at half time to change things around which led to an improved performance in that second half:
“It was more about to manage the situation.” “We didn’t have the best first half. We created some chances, they created some, and then we conceded at the end.”
“For a team at the bottom of the table maybe it would be a disaster, so I had to give them confidence and an idea how to play in the second half. They did really well.”
“Full-time, it was much better – the mood.” “There was a little bit of frustration because we could have done better and were pushing and pushing to win the game.”
“I tried to take the positives. You cannot be talking about the negatives all of the time because you will change nothing.”
“Yes I think we could have done better, but we made two or three fouls that we didn’t have to do.” “That was the main thing, it allowed them to put the balls in the box and win the second balls.”
“That was something we have to improve for the future. We have an idea and know how they play, we did it in the second half and that is how I want to see the team play in future.”
“I like this type of games with a stadium full of passionate fans,” “It is good for the game.”
We like that statement from Rafa – “I tried to take the positives. You cannot be talking about the negatives all of the time because you will change nothing.”
We can all moan and groan about things – and do – but it doesn’t change anything – it just makes you feel a little better when things are not going well.
The Newcastle crowd were just fantastic yesterday and Rafa mentions that – and that it’s good for the game.
We haven’t seen too many sell-outs at Newcastle over the last couple of seasons when our results have been really poor.
And we need four more sell-outs in our final four home games of the season – then we stand a decent chance of winning some of those games and saving ourselves.
They are against Swansea, Manchester City, Crystal Palace and Tottenham.
How many points do you think we can get from those four games?
Let’s keep the faith – we can do it.
Howay The Lads!!