Rafa Benitez has just completed his press conference for the important game at home to Rotherham United tomorrow afternoon.
We now have two wins in a row after beating Brentford and Birmingham in the last week, so we are hoping we can make it three wins in a row tomorrow – although nothing is ever certain in the Championship.
It’s the games we should be winning – like the game tomorrow – that can trip us up – so the lads have to be at their best tomorrow.
Rafa Benitez at his press conference
Some of Rafa’s comments are now being reported on the Newcastle United Twitter account and on Chronicle Live.
Here’s some of what Rafa has said in no particular order:
“In terms of transfers, we’re still in the same situation. We are working with different names. Nothing new.”
“I am happy with Rob Elliot. He just needs to play with the U23s.”
“Tim Krul needs time away and football. We have three keepers here.”
“It’s a game tomorrow that obviously we’ll try to win.” “Because of their position, people will say it’ll be easy but it will not be easy.”
“It’s the Championship – we must respect Rotherham.”
“We have little knocks, little things, but I think they will be fine.” Mitrovic still not ready, Ameobi and Sterry in the squad.”
So it looks like Rafa wants Tim Krul to take some time off from the game with Newcastle already having three senior goalkeepers at Newcastle.
Ajax have said they may end the loan for Tim, with him still to make his debut for the Ajax first team.
And it seems there is no easy return for Rob Elliot with Rafa wanting him to play more games for the U23 side.
There has been some interest in Rob today from clubs wanting to get a goalkeeper in this month, but he will not be leaving Newcastle in January.
Fans expect us to win this game tomorrow – let’s hope they are right.