Rafa Gives Warning About The Weeks Ahead

Rafa Benitez is a savvy person who has massive experience in football management and  coaching –  and he’s wise enough to know nothing is ever done until it’s mathematically certain – such as promotion for instance.

And we have seen in the Championship this season that on every game day things can change quickly and given we have so many games, things can change dramatically in a short period of time.

One recent example of that was with 10 minutes to go a week last Tuesday night at Brighton it looked like Brighton would be 4 points ahead of us with a win.

Rafa Benitez at Reading on Tuesday night

We won that game 2-1 with two late goals and four days later they lost 3-0 at Nottingham Forest as we won 3-1 at Huddersfield.

So we were then 5 points ahead of them, since reduced to 2 points last Tuesday night.

So it would be daft not to realize we still have a lot to do to get that vaunted promotion this season – but things do look reasonably good right now.


Here’s what Rafa has said in the local press today as reported in the Shields Gazette:

“When you play three games in a row you don’t have much time to prepare” “The response of the players has been fantastic – mentally and physically.”

“As a manager, you have to be really proud of them because the way they have approached every game has been perfect.”

“At the moment, we’re happy with that lead.” “Every week, everything can change.”

“We have to be sure against Fulham, in the next game, we do what we have to do which is try to get three points against another team that has plenty of possession and creates a lot of chances. “

“After so many travels it’s important to see 52,000 fans at home.”

“I think they will realise how important it is now, even more than before, to stay behind the team and the players every single game.”

Here’s how things stand at the moment and it looks good.

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It will look even better if we can the win against Fulham on Saturday.

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4 comments so far

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 9, 2017 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #1

    That Simon Jordan – ex Palace is another knacker from the south who likes to put the boot in. Palace have a load of knackers associated with the club. Another knacker is Eddy Izzard – Palace fan.
    apologies for hoying a bit on politics in – but when I learnt that Eddy Izzard and that other tax dodging knacker Bob Geldof where anti Brexit I knew I was right to vote out.

  • Bobbybee

    Mar 9, 2017 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #2

    Jordan is just a clown. He’s always been jealous of Newcastle and when you consider the attendances Palace got in the Championship you can see why. Our support puts them to shame. They’ll turn up in the PL, but that’s it. Unlike us. Anybody like him, who talks about our delusional fans clearly has no idea what they’re talking about. That’s the biggest lie that those who know nothing about our support spout whenever they have nothing else to say. I’ve never known a fan in all my years of following Newcastle United who believes we should win anything. The opposite is true – we expect to fail every season! 🙂 Call it gallows humour, but the song we sing ‘… we’ re gonna win F all again, we’re gonna win f all, but we still follow United’ says more about us than any gobshyte Cockney wide boy. The man’s an idiot, plain and simple. Lost in his own little bitter and twisted world. Let him stay there.

  • lesh

    Mar 9, 2017 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #3

    Mister Tuff

    It’s comforting to learn that your decision to vote for Brexit was an informed one probably not dissimilar to the most of those who voted that way based on prejudice.

  • BeeGuy

    Mar 9, 2017 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #4

    I’ve looked at the schedule as 4 tough games in a row, not three. This one seems to be the most difficult. None of the previous were against teams expecting to be at risk of losing playoff places. Now NUFC face a pretty good team on the rise and pushing for a playoff slot.
    It is time for NUFC to not sit back and let Fulham come at them, it is time to apply some pressure to let FFC know they have plenty of defending to do. Make no mistake, Fulham will be a tough lot – perhaps Rafa can prepare tactics to draw Fulham away from the football they like to play.


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