Newcastle fans are a little shocked at the poor start Newcastle have made to their season – and we are already 6 points off the pace and must start to pick up some wins in August and end the losing streak.
Maybe the players are believing the headlines too much – that Newcastle are almost a certainty to be promoted this season and get straight back to the Premier League.
Well think again – that doesn’t look to be the case at all, based on how the team has performed in our first two games.
Rafa Benitez – too many mistakes
Newcastle seem to have too many young and inexperienced players in the side and not too many leaders.
Sounds like deja vu all over again.
Rafa Benitez has said he is concerned by the mistakes being made by the Newcastle’s defense and the three goals we have conceded in the first two games have all been avoidable.
Rafa has said that in training things are looking very good, but that form is not being carried into the games, which is a little worrying.
This is what Rafa has said about the defensive lapses:
“Yes, I am really surprised because it is not that they are creating ridiculous chances and then you cannot stop them.”
“They are scoring from nothing, because we are making mistakes.” “So we have to ensure we improve in defense, but also in attack too.”
“These things we haven’t done well in the games, but normally we are doing these things well in the training sessions.”
“Normally we know exactly what we have to do, but we haven’t done these things.”
“We weren’t expecting this kind of performance – we knew Huddersfield would be difficult to break down but we didn’t play at the level we wanted to.”
“I’ve seen the team doing well in training but we have to show the same things in the match the quality, the personality and the character.”
“We made too many mistakes and we need to show that character and quality to improve things.” “The players on the pitch, they were trying and they are good players.
“The players can do much better but we didn’t play at the level we were expecting.”
As well as Newcastle still making too many mistakes at the back, which we have been doing for the last four seasons, we have also lacked creativity and goal scoring ability up front.
So at least on the evidence of the first two games this season things have not improved too much this season.
But we do have some good players and they seem to be lacking in confidence and also seem to be too tentative and nervous.
A win can do wonders for that confidence, but we cannot afford any more hiccups and must get the win against Reading tomorrow night at St. James’ Park.
If we can do that then things should feel a little better.
What do you think?