There have been a number of stories in the papers about how things are getting to be great again at Newcastle and the mood surrounding the club is certainly upbeat.
But Rafa Benitez has noticed that and he has pointed out today that nothing is done yet – we have achieved nothing and we still have 40 games to play this season in the league.
Rafa Benitez – nothing is done yet
We cannot get too carried away and Rafa cites the case of Hull City last season. when they started out very strongly but then struggled and only just made promotion via the play-offs.
This is some of what Rafa has said in his press conference today:
“It’s easy to carry on with the positive atmosphere when we are winning, it is easy for the fans.”
“They have to enjoy it, but at the same time the message is very clear, nothing is done yet so we have to keep working hard and in the same way.”
“They have to keep playing with the same intensity. Last season Hull had a fantastic start to the season and then they had problems, ended in the play-offs.”
“We have to carry on and enjoy it – they need to stay concentrated and work hard.”
“QPR are very difficult because it is hard to beat them.” “They have pace, they have strong players, can score from set pieces, are a good team and are scoring goals.”
“We have to be confident. We don’t have too many injuries, the same as before, nothing serious just a couple of knocks.”
“We have to approach every game as though it is the most important of the season. If we can carry on doing the same then I will be pleased.”
“The main thing is we have concentrate and we have to approach the game with the right mentality.”
In the first 16 league games Hull won 10 and drew 3 and had a good 33 points on the board after winning their previous five games on the trot – everything looked great.
But then they lost four of the next eight games and put up only 7 points and then struggled after that.
Hull finished fourth top on 83 points and beat Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 in the Championship play-off final at Wembley.
So the message is very clear – we cannot get carried away and as Rafa says – the players must continue to work hard and concentrate.
The last three seasons has shown us that nothing is ever easy at Newcastle – so we take nothing at all for granted these days.
But we’ll be delighted if we can beat QPR tomorrow night in London.