Rafa Benitez has just completed his press conference for the FA Cup 4th round tie at Oxford United tomorrow afternoon.
We have to stand a decent chance to get through to the next round with Rafa again expected to give opportunities to some of the fringe players 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 are some of Rafa’s comments today in no particular order:
“January is quite difficult, because sometimes they don’t want to sell or the prices are too high.”
“Still I am positive but there is no news. We still have some time. You know I like Andros but no news”
“We are not considering selling Darlow – all 3 goalkeepers need to compete” Elliot has to play some games to get his fitness”
“We have Anita, Gayle and Aarons injured, but the others are fine.”
“I think that we have to balance the team with some young players and some players coming back from injuries.”
“It’s important to approach the game using the squad. We have three players away, so we need to balance the team.”
“Mitro’s lost some sessions but we need to use the squad. Players coming back from injuries is good news – Gamez back too.”
“The FA Cup is a huge competition and it is a massive game for them. A tough game for us. But I have confidence in my team”
It’s good are injuries are not too bad with Gamez now available too and Mitro also back – let’s hope Dwight Gayle is back in a week or two.