Rafa Benitez has stayed very calm over these last few weeks when we have not done very well and given up the top place in the Championship to Brighton and they are now 2 points ahead of us with a game in hand.
It seems that what Chris’ team have that Newcastle need to improve on is a very solid and mean defense.
Brighton have conceded only 15 goals and the next best in that category is Derby County with 18 and then followed by Newcastle with 20.
Dwight Gayle – Championship top scorer with 17 goals
We have scored 48 goals which is the best in the division and 5 more than the next highest scorers Barnsley, and our goal difference is 28 which is 3 better than Brighton and 17 better than the next best – Fulham.
The stat that is not good is we have lost 7 games with those good stats and yet Brighton have lost ony twice.
Rafa Benitez has tried to explain the current situation after we were all over Blackburn last Monday afternoon yet came away with a shocking 1-0 loss.
This is what Rafa has said as reported in the Chronicle:
“Do we need to be more clinical? Yeah, but we have the players to do that.”
“We must be more ruthless, but it’s difficult to criticise too much when you’re top scorers.”
“We have to create more clear chances for them and if you do that, it will be easier to score goals.”
“Change the scenario. If you were in the Brighton Press conference, would you be saying you have to score more goals? Or are you happy with your position?”
“If we have more chances, if we have the top scorer and if we have scored more goals than anyone are you telling me you would like Matt Ritchie or Ayoze Perez or Yoan Gouffran or Mo Diame to score more goals?”
“Yes, obviously, but it’s not that we don’t score goals.” “We have Dwight Gayle who is scoring more than anyone, but the others are creating chances.”
“We will create chances for all the offensive players and maybe we have to sustain the attacks a little bit better.”
“Sometimes you need luck. Sometimes it’s just the other team doing well, but you also need luck.”
We also have the Championship top scorer in Dwight Gayle with 17 goals, so Newcastle certainly have all the stats in our favor.
The only one we don’t have is the best defense, so perhaps that’s one we can improve a little bit.
Of course the only one that really matters at the end of the season is to have enough points to go up in an automatic promotion place.
That’s what we need – that’s the goal.