Rafa Benitez has said many times this season that the teams who are experienced in the Championship are very tough opponents and that in part is because they know what’s it’s like in the league and they know what it takes to be successful.
Newcastle have done well this season so far, but we have still thrown away far too many points by giving away late goals or squandering chances and failing to kill the game off when we were well on top.
But we’ll still take the 84 points we have from our first 40 games and hope to add a lot of those points in the final six games of this season.
Owls Portuguese manager Carlos Carvalhal
This is what Rafa has told the local press today about the Owls:
“Sheffield Wednesday deserved their win (at St. James’ Park) and were very well organised. They are a good team and know what to do.”
“Teams with experience in the Championship know what is needed and they know each other really well.”
“They were nearly there last season and, when you have the same structure and the same players, they know what you have to do to get points in this division.”
“It will be tough and difficult, especially now they are in a play-off position. Like a lot of teams they are fighting for their target.”
“If they are in the play-offs, it’s because they deserve to be there.”
There are about three in five fans who think we can win this game this afternoon.
We hope they are right, because if we win the game we’ll stay top of the league.
Howay The Lads!!