Rafa has gone on in his press conference of late about the defense being strong so that to win games we don’t have to score too many goals.
And in any case any good team us usually build on a strong foundation in defense.
But it;’s a little worrying at this important stage of the season that in the last three games we have literally gifted the opposition with two goals and the other goals we have conceded have not been good ones either.
Rafa Benitez on the touchline yesterday
Yesterday the second goal was another poor one with Karl Darlow and Paul Dummett not communicating and they gifted Bristol City their second goal and the opposition couldn’t believe their luck.
They hadn’t won in the last seven games and they were 2-0 up against the league leaders at St. James’ Park.
So much for Rafa before the game saying we cannot give them any hope of getting a result.
Giving up two sloppy goals in the first 21 minutes is not the way to win games – especially at home too – but it;s worrying we are finding ways not to win games.
The defense is starting to be a little worrisome and it wouldn’t surprise us if Rafa decides to give a chance to Rob Elliot in goal.
Karl seems to be uncertain at time and doesn’t always communicate well with his back four and we cannot keep giving away sloppy goals during the run in.
That’s if we want to be promoted.
It would be very tough on Karl if he does get dropped because generally he has played very well for us and he is popular among supporters.
Rafa will never admit it but we think he will be getting concerned that our defense has become leaky at a very vital part of the season.
He may take some action to try to fix that on Tuesday night at Brighton and we could see Rob Elliot back in goal.
While things are looking just a little bit uncertain right now a win at Brighton would be a tremendous result.