Huge Incentive To Win At Reading Tomorrow Night

Rafa Benitez’ Newcastle team equaled one all-time club record last year when we went 9 wins in a row in all competitions, but then we shockingly lost 1-0 at home to Blackburn Rovers when they were 3rd bottom of the league.

Our team was over-confident for that game and it will be a big surprise tomorrow night at the Madejski Stadium if that happens again.

Rafa’s team has another chance to break a Newcastle record.

Rafa Benitez with Jamaal Lascelles and Dwight Gayle on Saturday after the win

Newcastle have equaled the record of away wins in a season with 13, held by Kevin Keegan’s side in the 1992-1993 season when we won the second division with 96 points.

We were promoted to the Premier League with 29 wins and 8 defeats from the 46 games played – 8 points better off than second placed West Ham United.

That’s one goal tomorrow night and we simply must keep this good form going so we can keep the pressure on at the top of the Championship – there can be no letting up.

The manager is keen to keep his troops concentrating on the job at hand .

This is some of what Benitez said to the local press cops after the win at Huddersfield on Saturday, as reported today in the Northern Echo:

“The players know it is not job done. This is a very difficult league and we have to keep going.”

“This was another game we wanted to win and we have done it. We move on to the next one.”

“We knew Huddersfield would be a team who had possession and we didn’t care about that.”

“I’m not surprised we have won so many away because I can see this team every day, every week.”

“The fans home and away are great, but don’t score the goals, so you have to give credit to our players.”

“We have taken one step forward, we can’t lose this opportunity.”

Rafa is so good at keeping our players focused whether we win, lose or draw.

And we look in  good shape at the moment, but it will be even better if we can win the game tomorrow night – anything else at this point would be a disappointment.

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4 comments so far

  • martoon

    Mar 6, 2017 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #1

    I have to say I’m with EGB – I obviously want us to be the top team in the North East but it’s good to have at least one other North East team in the top flight with us for the rivalry and the derbies. I always thought the makems would go down this year (and you really can’t see them pulling off a miracle escape this year) but I thought the Boro would be OK. – sadly it looks like we are going to pass both of them on the way up.

  • hibbit

    Mar 6, 2017 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #2

    it would be great to beat reading but for me the most important thing is don’t get beat

  • Sav

    Mar 6, 2017 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #3

    Bust that record, Rafa – AWAY THE LADS!!

  • Spotlight Kid

    Mar 6, 2017 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #4

    .’..we shockingly lost 1-0 at home to Blackburn Rovers when they were 3rd bottom of the league. Our team was over-confident for that game.’
    Ed, don’t re-write history! Rafa stupidly gambled and made significant changes within a disjointed starting XI in an attempt to save his best team for the upcoming Hull quarter final – which we still lost. We then went on a bit of a stutter… A little bit more common sense and discipline at that point in the season could have seen us almost home and dry by now.

    Hopefully the lesson was learned.


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