There were doubts raised about Newcastle on Monday night when the lads put in a lacklustre performance at St. James’ Park and that’s not the first time that has happened at home this season.
There’s probably been too much of a reaction on the negative side after we lost and Brighton won to go top of the Championship.
So it seems that Rafa has tried to put things in perspective and also tried to raise the mood on Tyneside a little bit.
We’d be happy enough to be 7 points clear of 3rd placed Reading (taking into account our superior goal difference) at this point of the season back in August, especially after the first two defeats in the league at Fulham and at home to Huddersfield.
Rafa Benitez – gave his press conference today
And Rafa is keen to improve Newcastle’s home form and our results through the rest of the season.
This is some of what Rafa has said today in his press conference:
“For everyone who saw the game at Forest, they saw what was going on.” “We lost the game but it is an opportunity to put things right.”
“We are not watching the table.” “We must concentrate on our games, there are still 23 to play. I have a lot of confidence in the team.”
“We have some players coming back. Jesus Gamez and Rolando Aarons are the only injuries.”
“Since I came here I have been really pleased, the fans have been fantastic.” “Everybody, the staff, the club – the people at the top – have all been very good.”
“Now after almost one year – more or less – I’m really pleased – because I see great potential from the club’s point of view, from the fans, from the City”
“I see a bright future.”
It’s another sell-out at St. James’ Park tomorrow night of over 52,000 fans and hopefully we can get back on track with a win.
Rafa has also said he may even change the way Newcastle play at home after the defeat on Monday night – which was our fourth home defeat this season.
But there are always ups and downs in any season and last Monday was a down.
Hopefully tomorrow night will be an up.