Rafa Benitez saw a much better full game display from his Newcastle side today – at least compared to that first half at Doncaster on Wednesday night.
And while he is happy we won and played better and kept a clean sheet, he says there is still a lot of room for improvement.
Let’s just say he is keeping his feet firmly on the ground.
Rafa Benitez at press conference
This is what Rafa said about the performance today and he was not getting too carried away:
“I am happy because you always are when your team win.” “It’s good to score four goals and get a clean sheet but we are still at the beginning of the season, and in preseason.”
“There is plenty of room of improvement. I am happy but we have to keep working.” “I have seen an improvement in some things, obviously the play was fine but still I want to see more.”
“I don’t know the physical condition of the other team but I could see them trying hard in the early part of the game.”
“We got an early goal and it is not easy when you play friendlies. Sometimes you win because you are closer (fitness wise) but sometimes you don’t want to get injuries.”
“If it goes to 2-0 early sometimes your opponents don’t push as much as they have to.” “We’re not ready for Fulham – not yet.” “We’re still trying to improve the squad but you have to give players minutes.”
“Next week we will have the team a little bit closer to the one that starts the season.”
It will be interesting to see if he introduces Jesus Gamez into the starting line-up on Tuesday night at Southend United or next Saturday, when we are at home to SBV Vitesse.
And whether Grant Hanley has joined Newcastle soon enough to be in with a chance of starting the game at Fulham a week next Friday.
Hopefully things are coming together and we can start the season with a good display and hopefully all 3 points at Craven Cottage in our first game in the Championship for over six years.