Rafa Benitez kept the same team at Wigan Athletic on Wednesday night that started against Birmingham City on Saturday.
That was the first time he has kept the same team in consecutive games all season long and when told about it by the local reporters he hadn’t realized it.
It remains to be seen what kind of team he will play at Burton Albion on Saturday afternoon, but we hope he doesn’t make too many changes – it’s a game that could be a banana skin and we have to win it.
Rafa Benitez – players have to be ready
It’s also the last game before Christmas and a win will ensure the Geordie fans a Merry Xmas.
But on the other hand he has to keep some of his fringe players happy with a start now and again.
This is what Rafa has said to the local press today as reported in the Chronicle:
“When you play so many games you have space and time for everyone.”
“The main thing for me is that the rest of the players have to be ready just in case you have to make changes.”
“If we do, they have to be available.” “Normally I think about the team for the game and that’s it.”
“I have no problem with making changes or keeping the same team.”
“It’s really good when you win because you know the fans will head home happy.”
“The support of the fans is massive, amazing.” “Hopefully we can keep the same situation until the end of the season.”
“That would be good news.”
If we had to guess and we’ll bring out our side after Rafa’s press conference early this afternoon – we’d say he’ll make maybe four changes to the side from that which started at Wigan.
The fans have been amazing this season and we will create one record this season for sure – the highest home gates of any club ever in the Championship.
Newcastle will take 1,600 fans to Burton tomorrow and it must be one of the smallest stadiums the club has played at for a long time with a capacity crowd of only 6,912 at the Pirelli Stadium.
But again it is an important game for us and a win will keep us top of the league for Xmas and take us that much closer to promotion, which we want to achieve just as soon as we can.