Rafa Benitez has just completed his press conference for maybe our most important league game of the season at Brighton & Hove Albion tomorrow night.
The game comes after we dropped 2 points against Bristol City on Saturday and that was after the Robins had lost 10 of their last 13 Championship games.
We must play better than we did in the first half on Saturday or else we will lose at the Falmer (Amex) Stadium tomorrow night.
The big news from the press conference is that Dwight Gayle it out of the Brighton game, although Rafa has said he is progressing but not ready for tomorrow night’s vital game.
Rafa Benitez at his press conference
Some of Rafa’s comments are now being reported on the Newcastle United Twitter account and on Chronicle Live.
Here are some of those comments and they are in no particular order of priority:
“My message to the players is – keep doing things the same way. Train well and stick together.”
“We are training well, and we will stick together and help each other.”
“We know that we made some mistakes the other day, but the reaction was so good – you have to think about the positives.”
“Dwight Gayle has been training, but still hasn’t enough confidence (in his hamstring) so he will not be part of the team.”
“Brighton is important for the message you can send across but still I have the feeling April will be the crucial month – we have seven games to play.”
“On paper? Maybe (it’s the biggest game of season).
“Chris Hughton is doing a great job, and he has a very good team.”
“It (the China news) was a surprise to me.”
Fans are hardly confident about the game tomorrow night – let’s hope the lads have a surprise in store for us.
We need a good result.