The general consensus among fans and pundits after Saturday´s defeat at Norwich was that that game was not the one to lose because it was a relegation 6 pointer, with Norwich now gaining 3 points on us and now they are a full 6 points above us in the league.
A number of pundits think that´s it and we will now be relegated, but there are still 21 points to play for and you just never know in life and you never know in football.
Certainly the Newcastle manager is not giving up and he has talked about players coming back from injury this week which is good and positive because it adds more competition for places.
Rafa Benitez – hasn´t given up
This is what the former Valencia and Liverpool manager said after the game on Saturday:
“To have more players is always important because then you have more competition between them but they have to be fit; they have to be in the best condition possible for the fight that we have at the moment.”
“We have one week and as I said before players are coming back so we will have to see how they are and just keep training.”
“You cannot change everything every week because then the players will be thinking: ‘what’s going on?’”
“So you have to analyse games and if you do something good then you try and stick with these things and that will give them the confidence and then it will be easier to win the games.”
“So Coloccini will be training this week and we’ll see how he feels and then we’ll decide but the good thing is that if they are coming back then at least we have that competition and that can only be good for the team.”
Whatever happens at the end of the season, whether we go down or stay up, Newcastle have to do something about all the injuries we pick up every single season – which negatively affects the team we can put out.
They should try to understand why it happens and take corrective action – and it´s more evidence of how poorly the club is run.
But since we don´t even know who the manager will be it´s maybe a little bit premature right now – but this club must be run a lot better next season than it´s been run this season – which has been simply appalling.
We´ll leave it at that for now.