It will be Rafa’s one year anniversary at Newcastle on Saturday – March 11th – when we face Fulham at home and we need to get some revenge for the way we were beaten in that very first game at Craven Cottage.
We did get some revenge in the last game at Huddersfield when we won 3-1 after losing 2-1 in our second game of the season at St. James’ Park.
Rafa’s achieved an awful lot since then and whatever happens tonight at Reading we will be top of the league when we kick off against Fulham on Saturday afternoon at St. James’ Park in front of another sold-out home crowd.
Rafa Benitez arriving at Newcastle on Friday 11th March last year
The miracle was going to happen – he signed on as manager
Newcastle’s challenge in that game is to show we can also play well and win at home against decent opposition.
It’s a very busy schedule at the moment and obviously Rafa doesn’t get much time to look back on things very much – he tends to look forward.
But the manager was asked if he had time to look back over the last year and this is he how he responded – as reported in the Chronicle:
“Yes I’ve looked back a bit, but you don’t have too much time. “When you play two games in a week, you have to prepare the next game.”
“You finish one, and then, without time, you have to see the clips, see the reports and then start preparing the tactics, so you don’t have too much time to reflect on the whole year.”
“Obviously, we have been thinking about what we have done, what we could do a little bit better and what we would like to do in the future.”
“Reading will play in the same way they have all season.” “They will try to keep the ball and play in a high tempo. We will try to manage that in the way we did in the first game this season.”
“As a manager, it always depends on your players. You can have an idea about how to play, but they make the difference.”
“They did really well. The work rate of the players against Huddersfield was fantastic. You can see the response from the players.”
“Hopefully we can win at Reading, and then we will see what happens.”
“One at a time.”
What would obviously make Rafa very happy by 5:00pm on Saturday afternoon is that we win tonight at reading and then beat Fulham on Saturday.
It would also make the fans delirious.