Rafa Benitez surprisingly joined the club just over four weeks ago to try to save us from relegation and he took the job because he thought it was a massive challenge and that we had some good players and he thought he could save us.
Well it’s turning out to be a massive challenge for the very experienced manager and we’re sure he expected more than one point from the first four games in charge – but that’s what’s happened and we have one point from the last 21 points played for.
Yesterday’s defeat was our 10th defeat on the trot in away games in all competitions – an embarrassing and pathetic record.
Rafa Benitez yesterday
Oh my God – what are they doing
Here’s what Rafa said after the game and you can tell the rubbish the players are producing is simply not good enough:
“I am already thinking about changing something for the next one because playing this way, we can’t get points away.”
“But we have four games at home I want to concentrate on the next one at home.” “Hopefully with the fans behind us it will be easier to do things the way we want to do it.”
“So, I think it is not the time to complain and blame each other, it is the time to realise we have to stick together.”
“We have four home games and that is the key if we want to stay in the Premier League.” “I was really disappointed and upset.”
“We started the game really poorly.” “We were talking about playing the 90 minutes with concentration and focus and not making mistakes.”
“We started the game, making a massive mistake.” “The first half was really, really poor in everything.” “You should not wait to concede goals before you react.”
“You have to take something positive but I don’t see too many positives today because the team was simply reacting in the second half.”
“We can’t start games in this way and give the other team confidence and control if you want to get points away.” “My feeling is the performances of the team away from home have not been good enough.”
“And we have to change something.”
The fact that a manager of the caliber of Rafa Benitez is struggling to get the best out of our players, doesn’t reflect very well at all on our players.
Maybe Rafa could send a message to the squad by dropping both Gini Wijnaldum and Moussa Sissoko, who have not been producing for the team much at all lately?
Our players must show more heart and less fear from now on, otherwise we will not win another game this season.
The four home games are now massive and that’s what Rafa sees as the path to possible safety – and the priority.
So hopefully we can get four sold-out crowds to these games, but our players have to show passion, drive and 100% effort in all our remaining games.
Nothing else is good enough.