Things are starting to go well again for Newcastle with a good win against Brentford on Saturday afternoon making it three wins on the trot and we are unbeaten in the last five games in all competitions, four of which have been wins.
That’s since our shock 2-0 home defeat by Wolves after we had taken QPR to the cleaners by a score of 6-0 away from home.
So in our 14 games this season in all competitions we now have 10 wins – and that’s a 71% win rate – and that’s quite good.
Jonjo Shelvey and Rafa Benitez
Jonjo Shelvey was again the star man for us on Saturday and we just hope Jonjo can keep up his good form, because Rafa admits that when Jonjo plays well the team plays well too.
This is what Rafa has said about play-maker Shelvey:
“We analyse the characteristics of our players, and here we have a player who we know has it in him to deliver the final pass.”
“We have others like Isaac Hayden who can play in that position, but Jonjo is a player who is technically good and, when he plays well, the team plays better.”
“We know that no game is easy and the season won’t be easy and that’s the message we give to the players: to be ready for every game.”
“We saw that when we went three up, when the other team scored, they found a new energy.”
“In some international games the opposition teams are easy – but not in this division – so you have to be sure that the players are concentrated.”
“We didn’t have any over-confidence.” “We had chances to score a fourth so it wasn’t like we sat back because we had three or four chances at the end.”
“There’s no danger of complacency.” “We are constantly pushing the players.”
“Luckily I have a good staff around me working on things like that to pick things out for us to work on.”
Rafa is right to keep pointing out a big problem for us this season may be complacency and over-confidence; good teams turn up for every single game.
And what Rafa is doing this season is trying to build up a good team while using a number of the players in the huge 27 man squad.
This is all part of the grand plan to hopefully have Newcastle be in the Premier League next season and hopefully challenging in the upper half of the table.
But first of all we have to do well this season in the second division and keep winning games like at Oakwell against Barnsley tomorrow night.
Another win then and we could even be top of the league at the end of that game.