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.
It will look even better if we can the win against Fulham on Saturday.
Howay The Lads!!