Newcastle were not too good in the first half last night in what was a poor game, but there was improvement in the second half and two good goals by Vurnon Anita and forgotten man Yoan Gouffran got Newcastle what seems to be a comfortable win in the end.
But Rafa wants more from his players and the players seemed to back off Southend in that first half and we cannot do that in the Championship.
Yoan Gouffran scoring Newcastle’s second goal
Rafa is making incessant calls for the team to improve and become more professional booth as a team and as individuals.
This is what Rafa had this to say to the Chronicle after the game last night:
“We have to say again, we must improve.” “It was a solid performance and we were fine but we must improve. We have one week and we have to adjust.”
“There are still two or three things that have to be better.” “It was a solid performance and we needed to do the job.” “The first half perhaps Southend were a little bit better on the physical side.”
“After that we controlled the game and little by little we came back into the game.” “We did well on the counter attack and they had to take more risks. We then we managed the ball a bit better.”
“The answer to what team starts at Fulham is simple, we will be closer but we’ll see.” “We gave 60 minutes to the majority of the players and we will try to do a similar thing in our last friendly.”
The Rafa Benitez standards are sky-high and being a perfectionist he demands that Newcastle improve, improve and improve some more.
That sounds very good to us.
But we are mere mortals.
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Howay the Lads!!