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Benitez Points To Positive Things This Week

8:26 am, Monday, April 4th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 4 Comments

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 Sticking Up One Finger

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.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 gaz 44 // Apr 4, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    Dunno if I’ve missed something as I’ve been away on holiday but how come lascelles was dropped. By no means do I think he is the next John terry but he’s looked pretty solid in the few games he has played recently, least he has a bit of pace to get himself out of a hole.. What does saylor offer now ?

  • 2 martoon // Apr 4, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    Off topic – has anybody had an Email from Sky saying the subscription is increasing by £4.75 per month from June? They are having a laugh, they don’t have CL or FA Cup football anymore yet they want to give me a nearly 10% increase. I’m certainly going to cancel especially as we’ll probably be in the Championship by then!

  • 3 The overrated Frenchman // Apr 4, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    gaz 44 – Benitez is – in his own words – putting his trust in experienced players. Hence Taylor ahead of Lascelles, Cisse ahead of Mitrovic (although he did speak to the international break factor) and the likes of Tiote and Anita starting. Unfortunately for us, our experienced players have been as weak as p*ss over several seasons now, but obviously nobody pointed that out to him.

  • 4 sula // Apr 4, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    Sorry to say Rafa got in totally wrong this weekend Should have started with lascelles anyday instead of Taylor and mitro the only man scoring any goals for this waste of time team.

    Why do these players only start playing in the second half can somebody please tell me. Why does Rafa continue to support sissoko and wiji. The bigger question if somebody can please answer for me is with a great coach like Rafa why are these guys failing to produce baffles me.

    My heart is sore my beloved newcastle is a few games away from total collaspe.

    The bigger question is was Rafa the right man for such a short spell or was a nigel pearson a better option dont get me wrong i love Rafa great coach but it just seems he is not getting through to these spoilt waste of time scum.

    GOD please produce a miracle.

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