Rafa Benitez has given his press conference this afternoon for the important game at Birmingham City against a struggling Blues side under manager Gianfranco Zola.
It was a rare off-day for most of the Newcastle players against Fulham and we hope it was just a blip – a bad day at the office – and the players will have a chance to show that’s all it was at St. Andrew’s tomorrow.
Rafa Benitez – at his press conference
Here’s some of the comments that are coming through in the local press by reporters at the press conference:
“Clark has a problem with his medial ligament so he won’t play. Dummett is fine.”
“We knew that Fulham were a good team but made too many mistakes.”
“When you do so well against Brighton and Huddersfield and then Reading everybody thinks it’s done but it was a wake up call.”
“The good thing about this division is you have a lot of games to put it right. We have 1 now vs Birmingham, then 7 next month”
“I was very disappointed vs Fulham as we were expecting to do well after 3 good games. We made too many mistakes and lost 3 points”
“It depends on us. If we do what we have to do, which is keep winning games, then it doesn’t matter about Huddersfield.”
“Birmingham have changed their system. They are trying to find solutions. It will be tough, they are more solid now than before”
“The key here is confidence but not over confidence. Every game is difficult.”
After the terrible disappointment of losing at home against Fulham last Saturday and allowing both Brighton and Huddersfield to gain 3 points on us we have to win this game tomorrow afternoon.
Here’s the current state at the top of Championship before this next batch of games.
Four in five fans think we can win this game tomorrow.