Rafa Tells Truth To His Players – Good News Could Be Close


Newcastle manager  Rafa Benitez spoke to reporters as usual following one of our poorer performances of the season and that has to be difficult for any manager, when he has seen his team play so badly and give the opposition so many chances via our own mistakes.

But that’s what surprisingly happened on Saturday at Hillsborough after two solid performances against Wigan and Burton at home, when the lads delivered the required 6 points in two games that could have been a little dodgy for us.

Rafa Benitez – too many mistakes – keep your chins up

We lost our position at the top of the league and if Brighton can win their last five games they will be Championship and there’s nothing we could do about that.

At the moment it’s out of our hands but things can change quickly of course.

This is what Rafa has said as reported in the Chronicle:

“We were making these kinds of mistakes that we cannot afford, and I told them that.”

“But at the same time I told them ‘we have five games to play. We must put our chins up and prepare for the next games’.”

“(Being 10 points ahead of Huddersfield) is good – 100%,” “No doubt about that.”

“I have confidence in the team for sure, but we have to improve these kinds of performances.”

“Because if not then you will put yourselves under pressure.”

“We gave them the hope they could carry on. If you look at the chances they had, they were all our mistakes.”

“We have been talking about that. It was an opportunity that we had to be sure we could take, but now we must wake up.”

“We made mistakes and that’s it.”

The good news is if we can win the game at home against Leeds United on Friday then promotion would be very close and  almost assured.

If we win we’ll need at most 5 points in the last four games.

That would be even less if the Terriers drop points on Friday at home to Preston, but also the games are starting to run out for Huddersfield.

They basically have to win every remaining game if they are to have any chance of overtaking us.

We will not be mathematically assured of promotion if we win on Friday, but the pressure should at least lift on our players.

Maybe then they can start playing somewhere near their best form and play with confidence again – and keep winning.

PosTeamGamesGDPoints
1Newcastle464594
2Brighton463493
3Reading46485
4Sheffield Wednesday461581
5Huddersfield46-281
6Fulham462880

At the moment we need 8 points from the last five games to absolutely ensure automatic promotion and that assumes the Terriers win all their remaining six games.

Howay The Lads!!

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5 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Apr 10, 2017 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #1

    4catchy in norway // Apr 10, 2017 at 8:33 AM

    Sparky

    are you not worried about our style of play or his reliance on the same players,
    i worry because the players i think should go are the ones he is playing like Diame, goofy (out of contract) Lascelles Darlow, Collback .and the players i think could do a job for us , Mitro Mbemba Atsu Anita could be out the door.

    5catchy in norway // Apr 10, 2017 at 8:34 AM

    CITG

    if it was just on home games, we are 11th . very poor for our squad

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  • posada

    Apr 10, 2017 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #2

    The style we play is I think dictated by Shelvey.

    In possession a great talent. Range of passing. Can switch it from one side to the other. Can pick out a great pass from deep and create a goal.
    Not in possession. Not a great defender. Has got himself fitter, but slow to the point where he can be caught out.
    Makes us vulnerable to a quick break.

    In this 4/2/3/1 your 2 are normally good defensively.

    Thing is whats the answer. It’s worked to the extent that we are nearly there. Think you will find that we simply grind on until the finish line.
    Like the Wigan and Burton games it won’t be great for my stress levels.

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  • kimbo

    Apr 10, 2017 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #3

    Well the headlines Rafa tells the truth…..that he has not got a clue when teams have sussed us out, it is funny how Blackburn, Fulham, Sheff Wed knew how to beat us both home and away and Rafa plays the same formation. We are not good enough for the PL and Rafa`s style of play will only see us relegated next season if we get promoted.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 10, 2017 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #4

    I think Shelvey shud be played in the number 10 role. Therefore he is not depwndent on defending and more productive when attacking.

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  • AndyMac

    Apr 11, 2017 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #5

    All Sheff Wed did was to let us have the ball in our own half and harry JJ whenever he had the ball. Its not Rkt Scnce Rafa. Let’s hope we’ve learned how to outwit that gameplan by Friday night ?

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