It will be interesting to see what team Rafa Benitez starts on Tuesday night at the Amex Stadium in Brighton, for what is a six points at the top of the Championship table on Tuesday night.
But after the disappointing 2-2 draw yesterday against 4th bottom Bristol City, he has come out and backed both Aleksandar Mitrovic and Karl Darlow.
Aleksandar – not for the first time recently – missed a number of chances on Saturday that could have seen us get all 3 points.
Dwight Gayle – could start against Brighton
Karl made another mistake along with Paul Dummett that gifted the visitors their second goal and that cost us all 3 points.
We hope that Dwight Gayle is mentally OK to play and that his hamstring is not still worrying him and that he can start the game against Brighton.
This is what Rafa said when asked by the local press if he thought Mitro was suffering from a lack of confidence – as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“No, I don’t think so. “I was really pleased for him the other day against Aston Villa.” He worked hard, and if he scores goals, he would be happier and with more confidence.”
“Dwight has been training and we will see.” “It’s a question of how he feels. He was fine on Saturday.”
“Karl made a great save afterwards.” “The keeper has to deal with difficult balls, and in this case we made a mistake and it’s something we have to improve.”
“It’s not very difficult to analyse this situation and correct it.”
If Dwight can’t play on Tuesday night then Rafa could turn to the immensely experienced Daryl Murphy, who has hardly let us down when he has played this season and offers a threat in the air in the penalty box.
Daryl has scored 3 goals in 12 appearances for the first team this season.