It was a terrific performance from our lads on Tuesday night at Loftus Road and everything seemed to click and it will now be interesting to see how we play against Wolves on Saturday afternoon at St. James’ Park.
We don’t necessarily expect the same level of performance, but hopefully we can get the win – which is always job one in any game.
Rafa Benitez – feet firmly in the ground
We were hammered by the press after the first two games of the season – both losses – after we were installed as red-hot favorites not only to get promoted but to win the Championship.
Of course it’s exactly what the press loves – a big upset – so they put the boot in on Newcastle after those two initial defeats.
We should point out that didn’t come from the local press who remained fully supportive of Rafa and the lads during those two bad defeats.
Rafa was asked about those two initial defeats today and this is what he said:
“I don’t think we played well in the first two games but we weren’t as bad as people said.”
“They said we deserved to lose, I don’t think so.” “But we can’t change that.”
“We had a difficult game away at Bristol and it showed sometimes you can win without playing really well.”
“At QPR we had both things, we played well and got the result.”
“Maybe against Fulham or Huddersfield we could have got a draw and it would have been totally different.
“You have to do things well, look forward and try to improve your team.”
Newcastle are a massive club who have won nothing since 1969.
But there is some envy and even jealousy in the second division – but Rafa has always said this season will be very tough for Newcastle – he has never wavered from that.
The 56 year-old has never said it would be easy and we just love the way he always respects the opposition before and after every single game.
He is a credit to the club and a terrific front man for Newcastle United.
But he still gets criticized – that always happens when you are successful – the more successful you are the more you get criticized.
All Newcastle have to do is to keep respecting our opponents and the Championship – which is no doubt a very tough league to play in – and if do that we should be OK.
After four years of pain and suffering at Newcastle we are certainly not getting carried away this season and we are pleased and thankful for every single win we can get on the board.
We just need to keep it up – that’s all – and to get promoted next May would be a dream come true.
That’s how we feel – with pain comes compassion – and we knew exactly what it was like for those QPR fans on Tuesday night.
Howay The Lads!!