Benitez Talks About What Can Make The Difference

It was great that we broke our terrible seven game run with just one point when we beat an in-form Swansea City die 3-0 at St. James’ Park, but we now need to repeat that against a Manchester City side on Tuesday and they will be an even stiffer test.

But if we are to survive in the Premier League we need to win the majority of our remaining five games, three of which are at home.

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Rafa Benitez congratulates Jack Colback on Saturday

Rafa Benitez was asked if the win against the Swans will give the team some much needed momentum:

“I said in an interview that we can talk and talk but we need to win.” “We’ve now won with the kind of performance our fans would expect and they are pleased.”

“Now we have to keep this momentum and the only way to do that is to work hard, be ready and approach the next game with confidence to hopefully win.”

“It’s a very big win.”

“We play against City on Tuesday and that’s a massive game for us now.”

“We approach the game with the confidence we needed before playing against such a top side.”

“They’re a good team – we can see Swansea were a good team,” “First half we pushed and worked very hard, we pressed them and for us it was a very good first half.”

“They started the second half much better and had some chances so we needed to change the shape of the team and start making substitutions,  because we needed fresh legs.”

“I’m pleased because the 11 that started did very well and I’m pleased because the players coming from the bench also did well.”

“I’m pleased because we stopped an in-form team.”  

“They had a lot of confidence coming into the game so to get three points and three goals in front of our fans can be a buzz for the rest of the season.”

Rafa obviously thinks the Newcastle fans can now provide the atmosphere and buzz for us to win games that could see us safe by the end of the season – they can be the difference between success and failure.

And note that in the five games Rafa has managed we picked up all 4 points at home.

This terrible and disastrous season ends four weeks today and we have five games to play,  four are on the next four weekends and the make-up game is with City on Tuesday night.

Three games are at home.

We reckon that three wins and 9 points may be enough to get us to safety and we somehow have to beat out both Norwich and Sunderland to save ourselves.

It’s going to be very close but we do have a chance and it’s a better chance having beaten Swansea.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • toonincheek

    Apr 18, 2016 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #1

    If we win 1-0 against City on Tuesday night
    we will be level on points with Norwich
    And – level on goal difference.
    I think that would give us a very slight advantage
    on goals scored (we would have one more)

    But – it does raise the possibility that we end up the season level with Norwich on points, goals scored AND goal difference.

    I seem to recall that if that should happen, there is no decider – relegation would be decided by the toss of a coin.
    Is that right – anyone know?

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 18, 2016 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #2

    Positions decided as follows:-
    Points, then goal difference, and then goals scored.

    If it is still equal after that -play off at a neutral ground.

  • lesh

    Apr 18, 2016 at 2:36 AM

    Comment #3

    Two points I’d picked up and probably along with many others:

    Rafa – ‘…. the kind of performance our fans would expect….’. Note the word ‘our fans…’, not ‘… the fans….’.

    His language suggests he feels part of the Club, not someone who’s itching to get away.


    Lascelle’s comments about some players not having the passion to fight seem to echo Carver’s when he was acting as HC.

    People, including me, felt that Carver was wholly at fault for poor results. In fairness, it seems not to have been the case.

  • brklyngeordie

    Apr 18, 2016 at 6:04 AM

    Comment #4

    So just got to watch match in full as I had to take the Mrs. for a Dr. visit but better believe was looking at phone the whole time and finally just got to watch replay..

    Things I took away were wow we actually looked a decent team playing as a unit I mean guys like Cisse,Anita,Dummett, dare I say it Sissoko actually played really well, and the new roles for Anita at RB and Sissoko playing behind Striker seemed to bring the best out of both of them hope they can do as well against City..

    Now as for Tuesday believe we should remain the same and feel we can actually get the job done but going to need some great games from both CB and the CM cant see us having much of the ball so going to have to work really hard and organized again and hope Sissoko on a counter w/Townsend and Gini can provide some magic and make these last 5 games memorable for the right reasons,Howay The Lads!!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 18, 2016 at 6:09 AM

    Comment #5

    Carver was a part of the problem and his legacy is still causing damage.

  • G

    Apr 18, 2016 at 6:52 AM

    Comment #6

    I think Carver has proved beyond reasonable doubt, that he is a decent number 2, but no manager.

  • LGFUAD21

    Apr 18, 2016 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #7

    Interesting that everybody is getting on shelvey’ back.

    His form seed to rapidly decline when he took over captaincy.

    I also don’t think it helps him playing as the dm which he isn’t. If you look at e teams that play these deep lying playmakers they al l dominate the ball which we don’t.

    Someone mentioned his off the ball work was terrible and I’d agree to an extent because that’s not his strength.

    We should be playing him next to tiote like we did with tiote and Cabaye.

    Against City, I’d have Colback starting again though.

    I’d go 442 against City. Their cbs are liable to make mistakes but their midfield and front 3 will blow anyone out of the water. It will have to be a smash and grab.

  • martoon

    Apr 18, 2016 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #8

    If I’m honest I’m not expecting anything from the next 2 games – it’s the other 2 home games (hopefully Spurs will have nothing to play for) and away at Villa that I’m hopeful – question is will another 7 – 9 points be enough?


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