Rafa On Why Magnificent Fans Are So Vital

It looks like the game at St. James’ Park today against Brentford could be another full house with over 51,000 tickets sold by last night and only 1300 short of a sell-out.

And when you consider Newcastle have sold out their away day allocation of 6,0000 tickets for the game at Barnsley on Tuesday night the Newcastle fans are certainly supporting the team this season in the hope we can make it straight back to the Premier League this season.


Rafa Benitez at St. James’ Park against Norwich

It’s not the first time Rafa Benitez has talked about just how important the fans are to the players and today he has said this about what he calls our magnificent fans:

“That is how magnificent our fans are.” “Every single time you go away you can hear them.”   “That is massive for our players.”

“I think they can give our players an extra motivation.” “They can make the difference, and sometimes, when a player needs support, they have to be there.”

“They have to support any player.” “What you have to ask for is the players to give everything.”

“Dwight Gayle was missing chances, but after he scored three goals.” 

“During the games, if you support the players, it will be a win-win situation.”

Newcastle have averaged over 50,000 fans at St James’s Park in the Championship so far, which is higher than our average seven years ago when we were last down in England’s second tier.

And of course our last home what that sensational win against Norwich City when we were 3-2 down after 94 minutes played and yet somehow came away with all 3 points.

The game was simply unbelievable and not good for the old heart!

We hope today’s game is not that sensational and that we can win it a lot more easily.

That’s the hope in any case.

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