Rafa Benitez seemed a happy man after the 2-0 win at Derby County last night (so were the fans) and he was pleased with the way the players are trying to put into operation the things they are learning on the training field.
Rafa is convinced the team can play better and knowing Rafa, he’s absolutely determined the team will improve and get better as the season progresses, which is one reason he has said he is confident about the future.
But the lads will be training this morning as we have a game at QPR in front of a sold old Loftus Road stadium in London on Tuesday night.
Rafa Benitez at end of game at Derby yesterday
At the iPro (Pride Park) Stadium yesterday the lads played in front of over 30,000 fans – about 3,000 short of capacity.
This is what Rafa Benitez said after the game:
“You try to enjoy it, at least on the journey back. Then we have to be ready for the next one.” “We will train on Sunday and see how the players are.”
“After that we will decide the best options and the best players for the next game. We don’t have too much time, but we’ll try to enjoy.”
“We still have plenty of room for improvement and the team is doing well.”
“But there are things we can improve.” “The commitment is there and they try to do what we ask them.”
“That is the reason why I have to have confidence and be positive about the future.” “You never know in football, you can play well and lose.”
“But if they follow instructions, work hard and show their quality they will do well. Look at the second goal.”
“Instead of keeping the ball there they produced a cross and changed everything to win the game.” “You can improve in defence, in the middle and attack.
“We can improve the way we counter attack and how we attack in general. But I am really pleased with the team and the way they work.
“We know we can play better.”
Newcastle have won five games in a row and we are one behind the six game winning streak Alan Pardew managed in October/November, 2014 following our terrible start to that season and just 4 points from the first seven games.
Pardew ended up leaving the club at the end of 2014.
After we lost 1-0 at Stoke on 29th September and then drew 2-2 at Swansea, we went on a six game winning streak – five in the league.
It started with a 1-0 home win against Leicester City and it included that 2-0 win at Manchester City in the League Cup, the only time we have ever won at the Etihad Stadium.
It would be good if we can beat that streak!