You cannot accuse Rafa Benitez of not being confident and positive since he´s been at Newcastle just over six weeks now.
He´s worked his socks off to try to save Newcastle from the drop, but we have only 6 points – three draws and a win to show for all that effort – after seven games played.
But now we have three winnable game to play and if we can get three wins we could be safe.
Fabio Pecchia and Rafa Benitez on Saturday
Rafa was asked after the game on Saturday after coming back form 2-0 down after only 30 minutes at Anfield and getting a very credible 2-2 draw.
This is what Rafa said:
“Yeah it feels like a win because nobody is expecting to concede a goal in the first two minutes.”
“After conceding the second goal, the problem we had was very difficult. Then we had to chase things.”
“We talked about having nothing to lose at half-time and I think the reaction of the players was fine.” “I’m really pleased because we have got the point.”
“The first half was a little bit concerning about the mistakes we were making.” “But the reaction is the main positive thing we can take from this game.”
“I hope we have momentum so because there are still three important games to play and if we can play like we did in the second half – more play than fight, because I know we can improve on the ball – then fine.”
“I know we have to improve on the ball, but if we have the same spirit we can keep the momentum going.”
But in these final three games we cannot start like we did at Liverpool and like we did at Southampton two weeks ago, when in each game we conceded a goal within a few minutes of the kick-off.
On Saturday Sturridge had the ball in the back of the net after just 68 seconds.
That´s where Rafa and his coaches have got to do a monumental coaching job to get the lads ready for each of these last three games, which are simply critical for the future of Newcastle United.
Another relegation for the club would be a complete and utter disaster and it would be unbearable if we lost Rafa Benitez in the process.
Completely unbearable – after Rafa has brought everybody at the club together in a very short six weeks and has the players fighting for the shirt like in days of old.
Here are the final three games.
April Sat 30 15:00 H Crystal Palace May Sat 07 15:00 A Aston Villa Sun 15 15:00 H Tottenham
And here´s Rafa´s record at Newcastle so far.