In his press conference today Rafa has said the club will appeal the red card Vurnon Anita received against Wolves after 87 minutes.
And in his comments following the game the Newcastle manager Vurnon didn’t even commit a foul, never mind a sending off.
Rafa Benitez – will appeal red card
And in his comments today Rafa has pointed out just how important the Newcastle fans are and that he wants full support of the players.
He knows instinctively the fans can be a force when we are both doing well and also when we are not doing well.
There was some booing after the game on Saturday, with the result and the performance being a real shocker.
But Rafa thinks it was simply a blip and he is very consistent when he says he wants everybody associated with Newcastle.
That’s fans, players. coaches, staff, journalists and even lowly blog-writers (and dogs and cats?) all pulling in the same direction – through thick and thin.
This is what Rafa said about Anita’s red card:
“Yes, we will appeal. It wasn’t with the studs it was a little bit lateral.”
“He didn’t touch the player but in football sometimes you have a point of view and maybe it’s different to the reality.”
Newcastle have already submitted a formal appeal on the red card and will hear from the FA tomorrow morning on what their decision is so we suppose if he is cleared Vurnon could even play tomorrow night.
We expect the FA to turn down the appeal, because (unfortunately) it looked too much like he had his studs up.
Here are some of the other things the manager talked about – starting with his team selection and why he kept Jonjo and Ayoze in the team:
“I gave the two best players from Tuesday – Perez and Shelvey – the chance to play to keep their confidence.”
“We need to be united, like the name of the team. We need the fans to stick with the team.”
“We will make some changes to keep everyone on their toes.” “All the players have to be ready.”
“We have to try to support the players. The fans can be the difference for us when we’re doing well and when we’re not doing well.”
“We’re a team that has to improve. That message has been consistent from me.”
Some good words there from Rafa.