Rafa Benitez seemed fairly upbeat today and he was happy enough with the 4-1 result and the general play especially in the second half against Reading on Wednesday night.
Next up is Bristol City tomorrow at Ashton Gate and the good news if that Mohamed Diame is fit to play.
Rafa Benitez – just completed press conference
Rafa said there was no change in the Moussa Sissoko situation, so presumably still no bids for the French International who is keen to leave Newcastle.
There are 12 days to go in the transfer market.
Here are some of the initial comments Rafa has made on a variety of topics:
“It’s always important to win and to score four goals was even more important.” “Hopefully it’s the first of many.”
“I changed players because you need to when you play two games a week.” “All of them will be important and they will all take part.”
“Lascelles reacted really well (to being dropped). That’s the reason I gave him the armband.” “He knows his responsibility.” “We will see if he plays.”
“We know we will play teams who are extra-motivated.” “Bristol City are doing well and it will be tough.”
“Mo Diame is back in training and in contention for Bristol City trip.”
“We have transfer targets and we are working.” “I’ll try to do them before the deadline”
“No change in Moussa Sissoko situation – he is still training.” “He is still not fully fit”
That’s all we have at the moment.