It was another shock result for Newcastle in the Championship last Saturday and this time it was at home to Huddersfield, a team not expected to challenge for a promotion place, but maybe they will be a surprise team this season?
Newcastle didn’t play well especially in the first half and we must get off to better starts in these games and the game like at Fulham we were 1-0 down at the break after conceding in stoppage time in the first half with some poor defending.
Rafa Benitez – three areas of concern
Rafa knows we have to improve in defense, but he also says Newcastle must improve in the middle and in the final third where again on Saturday we didn’t threaten enough when we had the ball and were attacking the Terriers in the second half.
This is what Rafa has said:
“We have to keep looking for players that can help the team to grow and make us better for the rest of the season.”
“It’s true that we didn’t have too many clear chances. I was concerned about that, even though we improved in the second half, when we were going to wide areas and we were trying to do something, but still it was not enough.”
“We have to improve in defense because we are making mistakes, we have to improve in the middle and move the ball quicker, and we have to improve in the final third because we were not precise.”
“We didn’t have enough good movement and the right patterns to our play. We didn’t do what we’ve been doing in training sessions during the game.”
“The players have to realise that we have to compete. We have a big squad and we have to compete and be ready for a very demanding competition, with two games a week.”
Rafa wants to bring in a creative player and a big striker like Aleksandar Mitrovic, before the transfer window closes two weeks on Wednesday.
We have been linked with wantaway Sheffield Wednesday attacking midfielder Fernando Forestieri, but it looks like it will be difficult to get the Owls to sell one of their best players in the next two weeks, especially to a promotion candidate like Newcastle.
And it will be interesting to see if Moussa Sissoko makes the bench on Wednesday against Reading.
Since no offers seem to be coming in for the 26 year-old French International, Rafa may have to think about how the big midfielder could help Newcastle win some games this month.