We are a little disappointed we were not able to bring in a few good players in the January transfer window, but as we mentioned this morning we are still in very good shape.
Newcastle have only three injured players out at the moment and that’s a lot better than we have managed in previous seasons.
It will be important to keep upbeat since we are still in an automatic promotion spot and as long as we can keep winning the majority of our remaining 19 games we should be OK and get promoted.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager
Rafa has talked yesterday about where his focus is and it’s always on the next game although he obviously knows where we are in the league table.
But his mantra is to take one game at a time and concentrate on winning it – and not get too far ahead of ourselves.
That seems like a good message to the fans too.
This is some of what Rafa said yesterday:
“Obviously I know where we are in the table but my focus is on the next game.” “We are working really hard trying to prepare for it.”
“It will be a difficult game for us and we have two games this week so, as I have said in the past, it is really, really important that we stay calm.”
“Keep working hard, have confidence and try to win every game.”
“I will see the table in April maybe but now, I think it is important just to concentrate on one game at a time.”
“Queens Park Rangers are doing better now.” “They have had some good results and it will be a tough game, like the majority of them are in the Championship.”
“The manager has experience – and watching them, they change systems in some games and they will be quite difficult to break down.”
“We have been doing well for the majority of the season and hopefully we can carry on with this form.”
It’s going to be a tough game tonight – but it’s also a vital one to win to get us back on track in the league.