Rafa Benitez has got Newcastle well organized in almost every facet of their play and that includes being able to score goals from set-plays, something that former head coach Alan Pardew had big trouble with.
Ciaran Clark headed home from a Jonjo Shelvey cross after only 11 minutes on Saturday against Brentford.
That goal put Newcastle on course to a good 3-1 win against Brentford who we have to remember are one of the better sides in the Championship.
Rafa Benitez in training
Scoring 10 goals from set pieces is the highest in the Championship although we are still having trouble defending set pieces and we conceded from a corner after 52 minutes after being 3-0 up early in the second half.
So at least defensively we still need to improve on set plays.
This is what Rafa Benitez has said about set plays:
“We work every week on set-plays and try to analyse what we do and the ways we can improve.”
“There are little things like the understanding between players that is getting better – but still we can improve.”
“I am pleased though because we are improving those things.” “Brentford didn’t have too many chances.”
“We made a couple of mistakes but conceding like we did from a corner when they get ahead of you and flick the ball on, it’s very difficult to stop that.”
“Still I think we are doing well.”
Now the lads travel to Barnsley for tomorrow night’s game and we are just one point off Norwich City who currently top the league.
Huddersfield Town lost at home 1-0 to Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday afternoon so we are level on points with them now on 25 after 12 games played, but we have a much superior goal difference.
Another win and who knows we could be top of the league after this game.
What do you think?