We have not done well in the last eight games but in yesterday’s interviews with Rafa Benitez you wouldn’t have thought that, with Rafa extremely calm and really just oozing confidence about his squad.
He said that we had all the chances against Blackburn and they had one shot on goal and won the game, but that sometimes happens in football and he was very pleased with the performance last time out – if not the result.
Rafa Benitez – talking to his players in training
Watch Rafa’s press conference yesterday and see how he seems so confident about where Newcastle are at the moment and where we are going – no wonder the players believe in this man.
Rafa has talked about where Newcastle are right now and he says Brighton are doing fantastic – and one reason is they have the experience in the Championship under talented manager Chris Hughton.
This is what Rafa said in this interview as reported in the Chronicle:
“You know better than me that it is different here to anywhere else. The Championship is very difficult.”
“How difficult is it to promote? How difficult is it to go down and then come up again in the first year?”
“You see the other teams that were relegated, I think we are in a very good position.” “Brighton are doing fantastic.”
“But how much money have they spent in the last few years? How many times have they been in the play-offs? Do they have experience in this league? Yes.”
“We are doing really well for a team that has been relegated and needs to change a lot of things: like the mentality and a lot of things in the way we do business.”
“We are fine. Still we are only halfway through the season, and I think we will get better.”
“From day one we have done lots of things and everybody was very happy was that.” “We have to keep doing that, because obviously we have been good.”
“You can criticise the results, yes, but look at the performances: that is the main thing.” “If we are doing things properly then eventually we will win more games than we lose.”
“We have experience as coaches and we know how difficult the Championship is and we have to do the right things every single game.”
“We know the way. And we will do it.” “If you look at the big picture, 80% what we are doing is right.”
“We need to improve and make it 85% or 90%, but we are fine.” “I know if we lose people will say things.”
“We know what we need to do as professionals.”
There’s a message there for both the fans and the players and it’s that we need to keep things in perspective.
Some of us find that hard to do – especially after a defeat.
We are still in the top two after some poor results and at least 4 points above third placed Reading if they win their game in hand and we take into consideration our much better goal difference.
Fans are just nervous that we have hit a bad patch – we just have to hope we can get back to our winning ways – but certainly Rafa seems unconcerned.
In fact he seems upbeat.
That’s got to help the players and maybe the fans too.