It’s a little bit of a mystery why we haven’t done as well at home this season as we have away from home – and the conventional wisdom is that the teams visiting Newcastle often park a couple of (very large) buses in the penalty area and make it difficult for us to score.
But when you are a good team other teams will do that, so we should get used to that and work out a way of breaking down defenses.
And maybe that’s why Rafa in the summer will bring in some creative players that can help us do that.
Rafa Benitez – likes playing at home
Rafa says he would prefer to play at home even though we have a sterling away record this season – with 13 wins.
Of course five of our final eight games are at home starting with the next two – Wigan and Burton Albion in the next four days – and we should be able to win both those games.
It will be points lost if we cannot do that.
This is what Rafa has said in the Chronicle today when asked if he likes playing away from home:
“No, I prefer to play at home,” “I would like to see my team play very well and score lots of goals in front of 52,000 fans.”
“We have a lot of explanations for our poor home form if you want, but in the end it doesn’t matter what you think.” “It matters what you do on the pitch.”
“What we have are 52,000 fans supporting the team, pushing them and expecting them to play well.”
“Then you play against teams that are deep, that try and play counter attack, so you have to be very precise with your passing and then everybody can be a little bit nervous if you give it away.”
“It’s normal and I will say in my experience at Real Madrid it’s the same.” “If you go to Napoli or if you go to Inter Milan, if you play against a ‘small team’ and teams that are at the bottom of the table.”
“Everybody is expecting that you have to win, and you are not playing well at the beginning, then the fans can get nervous and the players they can feel that.”
“But for us, for Newcastle United, it has been the same from the beginning of the season.”
“Everybody was expecting us to score a goal in the first minute and for that to make a difference, and then you know it will not be like this.”
“Especially now that the teams and how everybody knows each other.”
“I think it’s something normal that we have to deal with that, we have to manage that and we have done that in some games, but in other games we haven’t been at the level we were expecting.”
“You can also talk about one or two more games at home us winning, easily, but with a little bit of luck.”
The next two games are a very good chance to improve our home record this season with two successive wins.
We should take it.