Rafa Could Make This Surprise Change On Tuesday

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.

We’ll see.

While things are looking just  a little bit uncertain right now a win at Brighton would be a tremendous result.

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8 comments so far

  • posada

    Feb 26, 2017 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #1

    We had a free kick in first half.
    Wide on our right high up the pitch.
    Shelvey and Ritchies were over the ball.
    Ball is played in and goes low across their box about three yards out.
    No one on our side re acts to it.
    Mitro seemed flat footed and unable to anticipate anything.
    As he did with some of Atsu’s crosses later.
    Ritchie had a right go at him. I think it was a planned move, which makes his lack of anticipation even worse.

    It’s not rocket science. You attack a post or the centre of the goal. 20% of the time it might fall to you.
    But, if you don’t move at all only 5% at best will it fall to you.
    Personally I just think Mitro is lazy. If he has to work for it. Make runs that might not pay off he is not interested.
    They don’t look like a happy bunch to me.

  • Belfast

    Feb 26, 2017 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #2

    Darlow will still be number one. Despite Elliot’s purple spell last season I think Darlow is a lot better. Would be a bit daft to change your keeper with probably the three biggest games of the season next.

  • DubaiMicky

    Feb 26, 2017 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #3


    Even if that keeper can’t communicate with his back 4 and has cost us at least 4 points and probably nearer 6 this season, although he has had some great saves that probably gained us points.

    It could be he’s knackered and breaking under the pressure…

  • DubaiMicky

    Feb 26, 2017 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #4

    Sorry, that was meant for Belfast – hungover here. LOL

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 26, 2017 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #5

    This is a strange league. Reading collapse and gift Brighton a win. Previously Huddersfield outplayed Brighton and beat them 3-0. We can’t seem to beat the weaker teams at home!
    I suppose the good news is that although we have bad results, so does everyone else! I think we will pull away in April when we play 7 games (and so do all the others) and our big squad will prove itself.
    I have a feeling Mbemba will come into defensive midfield where Colback isn’t strong enough.

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 26, 2017 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #6

    If we can somehow accommodate Atsu, Ritchie and Gayle we will be devastating imo. Perez just doesn’t do the business and he looks unhappy through his body language. I think the biggest concern is we don’t have a real ball winner in midfield to allow Shelvey to be creative; we give the opposition too much freedom in midfield. When Bristol scored their first there was no one within 20 yards of the crosser when he got possession. Our pitch looks massive compared to some but it’s just the way we play I think not having enough in midfield and if teams press is high up we get into panic mode pass back to Darlow and usually give away possession. Omg you wouldn’t think we we clear in the top two reading this crap would you? Howay the Lads. Rafa let’s give Brighton a lesson on Tuesday!

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 26, 2017 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #7

    Don’t know about others but I’m beginning to hate freakin Knockeart and Baldock. We’ve got to get to them on Tuesday and I’m confident Rafa will have a plan!

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 26, 2017 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #8

    Reading were so naive in not bringing down the runners early when they broke away for the 2nd and 3rd goals yesterday! 2 gifts and a fortunate opener! Well st least they took Reading out of the running for automatic promotion! And then there were 3!


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