We never thought we would lose the first two games of the season but after that it looked like fairly easy going for Newcastle with eight successive league wins.
But things have not gone well since we lost to Blackburn Rovers at home on November 26th – to break that winning streak.
We have now lost three of our last six league games and seen Brighton & HOve Albion take over the top position, but Rafa was still very positive at his press conference this afternoon.
Rafa Benitez – still thinks we will be number one
He has basically pointed the way forward for Newcastle and is convinced we still have enough quality in the side to do very well in the second half of the season.
This is some of what Rafa said in his press conference for the game at home to Nottingham Forest tomorrow night:
“We need to understand how to approach these games. If you can’t win, you shouldn’t give them any hope to score.”
“It’s a boost for Brighton but also pressure for them.” “Every team against them will see an opportunity to do something important.”
“We have enough quality on the pitch to win without Jonjo.” “We will miss him but other players must show what they can do”
“Newcastle will be well organised and we need to be better and move the ball quicker.” “It’s not about revenge but putting things right”
“I’m really pleased with the away form.” “We know it teams are compact here and we need to learn how to draw or win.”
“If we were doing as well at home as away we’d be 10 points clear.”
It would be a lot more comfortable if we were 10 points clear ar the top.
We have to beat Nottingham Forest tomorrow night – that’s basically the bottom line right now.