Rafa Benitez’ role throughout the season is to take every single game Newcastle play and review it with his players to ensure they learn the lessons of that specific game and get better.
When we win sometimes it’s more difficult to get the players to concentrate and accept things, because they won – so everything is fine.
But when we lose like we did at Hull City and then at Nottingham Forest in successive games, there are a number of things the players can learn from those types of games.
Gut wrenching defeats.
Rafa Benitez in training
And therefore Rafa Benitez has said today the training this week has been that much easier for him and his coaches.
This is what Rafa has said as reported in the Chronicle:
“The coaching is easier when you have a week and if you lose you have more things you can work on to try and improve.”
“If you win you can do it but sometimes the players think, ‘We are winning so there’s no need to change this or that.’”
“We try to push, push, push but sometimes it’s more difficult. But when you lose everybody says, ‘It’s true.’”
“You cannot change what happened at Forest,” “So carry on and tell the players that because this thing can happen you have to stick together.”
“Don’t waste time blaming each other when we have a defeat.”
“It’s just concentrating on getting the best from every player and the fans to ensure that we win every game.”
“That would be perfect to have a backlash – to have the players reacting really well but in football you cannot guarantee anything.”
“Talking with them I could see that they are ready to respond.”
“It’s different on the Monday and every day they are more focussed on the game and they forget about other things.”
“But it’s important they realise every game is important.” “To lose in the way that they lost, it’s important to react quickly.”
After three defeats in a row it will be interesting to see what kind of reaction we get from the players today, but we have to remember that Birmingham are also a good side.
Patience will be the word of the day as we try to get our 14th league win of the season.
Howay The Lads!!