The game against Cardiff City at home today is statistically the easiest game of the season in the league so far for Newcastle, since we are at home to the 4th bottom club.
But that’s why it’s such a dangerous game, because the players may think exactly that and not go into the game with the determination and enthusiasm they would show if they were facing a Brighton or a Norwich side for example.
And the last time we had an “easy game” was when we were on the road at Rotherham United and they gave us everything we could handle in the narrow 1-0 win at a packed out New York Stadium.
Neil Warnock – Cardiff manager at press conference yesterday
Rafa has been drumming it into the players all season long about complacency and they must respect every single opponent – which of course is what the very good teams do in every single game.
This is what Rafa has told the Chronicle today:
“We know that we are doing well and we do have confidence in ourselves, but at the same time my message is always the same.”
“It’s what the fans are expecting too – no complacency and no over-confidence.” “We will then approach the game in the same way we have before.”
“We have to be sure that we can get three points and go away and enjoy the international break.” “But it is a tough game and they have a manager with experience of the Championship.”
“We know we have to compete from the first minute until the last.”
“Every game is dangerous because everyone is expecting to work towards beating us.” “They want to try to challenge us and we know it will be like this until the end of the season.”
“We have to be ready for these type of games.”
Cardiff were beaten 1-0 at home to Wigan Athletic last Saturday and that was Neil Warnock’s first loss since taking over on October 5th.
In 4 games he has two wins and a draw for a good 7 points so they are now an improved side.
We need to win this game this afternoon – some way – some how.