Rafa Benitez talked about complacency during his press conference yesterday for the game at Barnsley tonight and he’s trying to get through to the players they must be ready for every single game this season.
If we are ready and go into each game and play somewhere near our best form then we should be able to take all 3 points and it’s the times we are not ready – like the home game against Wolves when we didn’t turn up and lost 2-0 – where there is a danger and we will drop points.
Karl Darlow – Newcastle goalkeeper
Karl Darlow has now been in the Newcastle goal for the last three games after being recalled after the 1-1 draw at Villa Park and we have had three wins in a row.
Karl has talked again to the local press and he brings up complacency as a potential problem for the team:
““We can’t be complacent after a few very good results. “We know now we’re in the top two, and we want to stay there all season.”
“We need to make sure we go to Barnsley and put on a good display and come away with another three points.”
“It was tough at the start, but now I’m in, I’m happy that I’m playing and the team is doing well,” “All I want to do is make sure this team gets back in the Premier League.”
“The whole club is pulling in the same direction. We want to get promoted and we want to play well and get a lot of points.”
“I just had to keep going. I did that,” “It was tough and frustrating at times. “I think you’ll see throughout the season different teams each and every week.”
“We know that we need to stay focused.”
After the draw at Villa Park Matz Sels took some blame for the very late equalizer that cost Newcastle 2 points and he seemed hesitant as to whether to come out for the cross that led to the goal.
In retrospect Matz should probably have come out and punched the ball away, but that hesitancy cost the Belgium U21 goalkeeper his Newcastle place.
Rafa made a point of saying yesterday that both Matz and Karl were both training well and that Rob Elliot was making rapid progress back to full fitness.
Once Rob is fully fit in a few weeks time he could return to the first team – but one thing is for sure and that is that Newcastle now have three good senior goalkeepers vying for the goalkeeper jersey.
That should allow 19 year-old Freddie Woodman to go out on loan in January.
We need 3 points at Oakwell tonight.