Rafa has given his press conference for the game tomorrow at Norwich City and when asked whether Newcastle had to avoid defeat to avoid relegation he answered that question in a positive way – “We want to win. We go there to win.”
Since the Sunderland 1-1 draw when we came back well in the second half after being 1-0 down at half time, Rafa said the Newcastle players have been “very positive” over the last two weeks during the International break, but that he has also lost Massadio Haidara to another injury during the break.
Karl Darlow in training this week
Rafa Benitez – he’s done well and is very confident – he has experience in the Championship
Here’s some of what Rafa said and it seems he was upbeat and seems to be inspiring the lads so we can go there tomorrow and do everything possible to win the game – Rafa doesn’t go into game to draw them – he wants to win every single one.
And why not?
Here’s some of what the Newcastle manager had to say today and there is still another training session this afternoon when Rafa will decide who will play at left back with Dummett, Colback and Haidara all unavailable.
“The reaction of the team against Sunderland was really positive. We have the right mentality to go to Norwich and win. We know we can do it .”
“I have had this relegation-fight experience with Extremadura.” “We have to give everything and I will not give up.”
“Signing a goalkeeper on a free transfer was always a non-starter.” “We have to support Karl Darlow and do what we need to do.”
“He’s training well, we know he can do well and he has enough experience in the Championship.”
Rafa knows he needs to inspire the players and get them in the right frame of mind for the vital game tomorrow.
If we can get 3 points in that game it will show Rafa is starting to have the positive impact we all expected from him, but more importantly, fairly soon too.
With seven games to play after Saturday’s game and with 3 points gained on Norwich, we would be in decent enough shape and we could survive the drop.
Howay The Lads!!