Rafa Benitez has given his press conference today for the match against Barnsley tomorrow night and most of it was good news.
Good news that Rafa thinks the lads are playing well and good news on the injury front with Jamaal Lascelles, Matt Ritchie and Daryl Murphy all fit again.
Rafa even had a word to say about Rob Elliot’s return to full time training and that he is making good progress and he should be ready in two or three weeks time.
Rafa Benitez at press conference
Jonjo Shelvey came in for some praise too because of his attitude, which has always been a bit of a problem for the 24 year-old in the past.
But hopefully he is getting past that on his way (hopefully) to being coached by Rafa into becoming a great player for Newcastle United in the future.
Nobody has ever doubted Jonjo’s natural ability which is simply immense as he showed on Saturday.
These are the expanded comments for Rafa’s press conference today:
“It’s a feeling that we have confidence in the things we are doing at the moment.”
“I have told the players this is a very dangerous game. It is a team that plays with high tempo.”
“We can’t go there over-confident believing we will win because the other teams are scoring goals, not conceding too many.”
“But they are dangerous because they are scoring goals.”
“Every player in every team has to realise that if they don’t play, the must keep working hard to change the manager’s mind. Karl was training well, Matz (Sels) is training well now.”
“The competition is good for the team. They are professional, but if they have to be ready to do well.”
“I can understand any player not playing will be disappointed, but they have to respect the team-mates. They have to be sure they keep working hard and be ready when they are needed.”
“A lot of teams have put a midfielder close to Shelvey, but for me he is doing well. “I am pleased with the attitude, the way he is working with the attitude.”
“If we are just depending on Jonjo then we are in trouble, though. The rest of the team has to do well, if he is not playing well then the other players have to do well and manage the game without him.”
“Daryl Murphy has completed a full training session. Rob Elliot has trained with the keepers, Jamaal Lascelles and Matt Ritchie are both fine.”
“You never know, but Rob is doing well. In two or three weeks he will be fine. He is doing well. I watched him a few days ago and he is fine.”
Wins are what are going to get us promoted this season, so let’s hope we can win this game against The Tykes tomorrow night at Oakwell.
Then we will face Ipswich Town on Saturday at home and we could even make it five wins in a row by then.
Here’s hoping – with our fingers crossed.
What do you think?