Newcastle will play Bristol City this afternoon at St. James’ Park and with the opposition being 4th bottom of the league table we are expected to win the game fairly easily.
We hope that happens of course but in the past we haven’t done well at home against some lowly placed teams – like Wolves and Blackburn as two examples.
Against Blackburn on 26th November we were on a 9 game winning streak and a win at home in that game would have been a club record for Newcastle – 10 wins in a row.
Lee Johnson – Bristol City manager
But it wasn’t to be and we lost that game in a huge upset 1-0 – and then Blackburn did the same thing at their place on 2nd January to win 1-0 and get the double over us.
6 points lost to a team who are now second bottom of the Championship and 2 points from safety and their manager Owen Coyle has just been fired.
With that in mind here is what Rafa said in his press conference yesterday about the game against the Robins today:
“We know that it will be difficult.”
“They are well organised, they work hard, so even though we have lost Gayle and they lost Abraham, they still have good players,”
“They’re a team who are working very hard.” “When we played against them in the first part of the season they were a very, good team.”
“You can see they have the same structure, the same organisation, and maybe they have been a bit unlucky with some goals.”
“In terms of how difficult it will be, it will be a tough game, as always.”
“We have had some games that, on paper, could be easy, but we have also seen that the Championship is so difficult.”
“Any game can go against you if you don’t do the right thing. You have to be sure that you are ready, prepared and try to do your best.”
“You can lose games that nobody is expecting, but you can win games that are very difficult.”
“I’m confident that the team is doing well and has the right mentality, and hopefully we can show this tomorrow on the pitch.”
On 26th November against Blackburn here’s the poll before the game.
And here’s the poll for the game today against Bristol City.
We will do well to get all 3 points from this game this afternoon – that’s what we need.
There can be no complacency and no banana skin – not at this vital stage of the season.
What do you think?