Rafa Benitez knows that Newcastle are maybe just four wins away from promotion, but he’s the last person who will want to relax and take the foot off the accelerator.
What Rafa wants to do is maybe give the lads that extra bit of confidence, because they are getting close to achieving a very difficult job this season and that is to get promoted straight back to the Premier League.
With the huge amount of money available in the Premier League these days compared to what it was seven years ago, the competition in the Championship is much more fierce now and there are many more good teams than back in 2010.
Rafa Benitez and Jonjo Shelvey pictured last Saturday
We will probably see a couple of changes to the side for the match against Burton Albion on Wednesday, since Rafa almost has his full complement of players available.
This is what Rafa said after the 2-1 win on Saturday against Wigan and yes – he wants Newcastle to improve:
“The situation now is we are so close that everybody knows we must do well and not suffer.”
“But we have to be sure we recover quickly and change two or three little things that we can work on.”
“Hopefully we can do better against Burton and win the game.”
“I would like to score five goals and be amazing, but at the moment we showed character, good reaction and personality to manage the situation.”
“We can improve on a lot of things, but we do a lot of things well.” “But when you see Huddersfield losing or Brighton winning 1-0 it shows it is not easy.”
“We need a little more composure on the ball in the final third and then we will score more than we need.”
Newcastle will likely be practicing how to put the ball in the back of the net before the game against Burton and who knows – maybe they will do that more than twice in the next game?
But what we need are all 3 points – however we can get them.
If the lads can grind out another win that isn’t very pretty – then that will be totally acceptable, thank you very much.