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.