In his press conference this afternoon Rafa Benitez has warned that the game tomorrow will be a lot different from what most people are expecting.
Most people are expecting Newcastle to win it rather easily, after we won 6-0 away at QPR and Wolves got hammered 4-0 at home by Barnsley in mid-week, with all four goals coming in the final 17 minutes of that game.
Rafa Benitez at his press conference
This is some of what Rafa has said today in his press conference:
“The team can still improve and play better. That doesn’t mean to score more goals but control the game and play well.”
“This is the Championship. It’s a tough competition and we have to be ready for the next game. We have to respect the opponent.”
“Wolves are not a bad team. They are doing well. It will be totally different to what people are expecting.”
“We are not better than anyone before the match but we can be better than a team on the pitch.”
“We have to be focused.”
After such a wonderful attacking performance away from home from Newcastle, Rafa is faced with lowering the massive expectations for the game tomorrow against Wolves.
Those comments are addressed to both his players and to the fans – that it could turn out to be a lot tougher than we expect.
Still Newcastle fans are expecting a win tomorrow.
What we need is the 3 points and a 1-0 win will be just fine with us.
Raf also mentioned that it’s unlikely that Daryl Murphy or Achraf Lazaar will feature tomorrow and they are likely to make their debuts on Tuesday night against Wolves in the EFL Cup 3rd round tie.