One of the big dangers when you face a relegated team that have lost their last 11 games in a row is complacency and over-confidence.
And we are sure that Rafa has been ramming that into the heads of the Newcastle players all this week – that it will be a tough game today and after all – we have lost 9 of our last 10 road games and won only two away from home all season.
Rafa Benitez – confident
And one of those was at Bournemouth when we won 1-0 with our only shot on target from Ayoze Perez – and we had to thank Rob Elliot for making at least five world-class saves in that game to get the win.
In truth, Bournemouth were all over us in that game – although that´s not what Steve McClaren said after the game.
Rafa seems confident we can do well today at Villa Park:
“I’m not worried – every game is different.” “We are talking about momentum, and we know we are doing well.”
“Four games in a row, we have confidence and we are mentally ready for this game.” “We won’t go there with any complacency, but we can do it.”
“The history in this game does not count because we have had four games doing well.” “The team is very close to doing well.”
“So what we have to do is start the game without making silly mistakes which can give the other team confidence.”
“We have to do that, and we will.” “I can only talk about our away games under me,” “Before, I knew there were problems.”
“But in our games, we have made mistakes, but afterwards the reaction was quite good.” “We were really unlucky at Norwich.”
“For me, Southampton was the worst.” “In the first half, we were awful.” “Liverpool, we made a mistake but were quite good.”
“You saw against Villarreal how good Liverpool are, but our reaction again in the second half was fantastic.”
Four in five fans think we can win this game.
A second win in a row would be fantastic at this stage of the season.
That´s what we are hoping for.