It’s not certain by any means certain that Newcastle will be relegated this season – the only thing that is certain is that if we continue to play like we did at Southampton on Saturday then yes – we will be certainly relegated.
But Newcastle have been a different team at home this season and not the pathetic specimen of a team we are away from home where we have lost a massive 14 of 17 road games – the worst away record at Newcastle for many decades.
Rafa Benitez has not given up the ghost yet on saving Newcastle, but if we cannot start to win games very soon even Rafa may have to give up on the team soon – because we will be officially relegated before the end of the season.
Rafa Benitez – still has hope he can save Newcastle
But while there’s still some hope, however small, we have to keep supporting Rafa and the players 100%.
This is what Rafa said on nufcTV:
“I think that sometimes it’s not fair to ask the fans for too many things when you are not delivering.” “But I think that they know that it’s not the time to look for responsibility – just to stick together. That’s the only way; to stick together and try to do our best.”
“I think the fans can be really important for us. We have these four games at home, so we need them.” “We have to start winning and if we can do it at home, the team will have more confidence for the rest of the games.”
“Hopefully it will be the beginning, but we have to improve our form from the very first minute of the game until the last one.” “The reaction of the team in the second half was much better but we cannot keep conceding goals in the first half and doing not too many good things, then react afterwards, because we don’t have time.”
“We have to show from the beginning the same concentration, the same focus, the same intensity that we showed in the second half. We need everyone – every single player – giving everything from the beginning.”
“We are in a position that everybody is expecting something different and then we go and we make the same mistakes all the time, so we have to improve this.”
“The away form is not the best and we have to improve, but we have four games at home and hopefully the fans can make the difference. It’s not time for complaining or looking for who is responsible; now is the time to stick together, try to be ready for the next challenge against Swansea, and see what happens.”
“I still have the belief that the games at home, if we can win the first one, will be really important for us. But we have to start winning in the next one.”
There’s still a little hope and while there is – we’ll cling to that.
A win against Swansea may give us some real hope that we can start to put a winning streak together.
Here’s hoping and praying for that win next Saturday.