Rafa Benitez has just given his press conference this afternoon for the potentially tricky game at home tomorrow against second bottom side Wigan Athletic.
Newcastle have not done well at home this season against poor sides, but we must win the next two games against two bottom four sides – Wigan and Burton Albion.
It looks like Dwight Gayle will start tomorrow, with Rafa saying he has trained well over the last two weeks without any problems.
Rafa Benitez – at his press conference
Here’s some of the comments that are being reported in the local press by reporters at the press conference:
“We have some games to play at home, and we will try to improve our record.”
“We have eight games so now it is a mini league. We must approach one game at a time.”
“We have some players who were injured, and it’s been a good time for them to recover. Some still have problems.”
“We know Wigan are trying to avoid relegation so, as always, it will be a tough game, a difficult one.”
“We have to concentrate on ourselves – if we think too much about Wigan, we will lose our focus.”
“I’ve been really pleased with the atmosphere in the whole city.”
“I think Gayle has been really good for us. His injury was a problem. He has trained without problems.”
“No I have not focused on transfers or next season. The scout department is working but we are focusing on Wigan and that is all.”
So we are not sure from those comments who is still injured but we assume it’s only Ciaran Clark.
We need a win tomorrow with the two clubs below us Brighton and Huddersfield also at home to two bottom four sides Blackburn and Burton respectively.
Here’s the current state of the top six in the Championship before this next batch of games coming up – three games in the next eight days.
Over four in five fans think we can win this game.
We must win this game.