Benitez does not like seeing mistakes made by any player during the games he manages, but of course it happens – players are only human.
But it was a bit much on Saturday at Hillsborough where it looked like some of our players hadn’t turned up or thought his would be an easy game.
Wrong – and we were well beaten 2-1.
Rafa Benitez in training
It’s been revealed today that Rafa held an important meeting at the club’s training ground because Rafa was so concerned about the sloppy play and mistakes that have crept into Newcastle’s game since those two great successive wins at Brighton and Huddersfield.
This is some of what Rafa has said at his press conference today:
“We were analyzing the mistakes we made, little by little.” “It is something we have to avoid for the future.” “We started really well in the second half, we created chances and the keeper made some saves.”
“Then we made another mistake and we conceded again.” “We didn’t play at the level we wanted to play – situations were against us.”
“I was really pleased with the warm up, they were every focused and communication was quite good.” “Everything seemed quite good, then we started with a throw-in we didn’t defend well.”
“We had a lack of concentration in certain moments of the game.”
“We have to try to go up and win games – at this stage of the season it is difficult.” “We have to make sure everyone supports the team and we have tried our best.”
“Hopefully the players have not take the foot of the gas.” “In our meetings we have spoken a lot, we are always thinking about the next game.”
“You have to keep talking and training well.” “For players they have to give good training sessions, so you can replicate that during the games.”
“You have to keep sending the same message across, that the fans have to be behind the team and hopefully that will sort us out.”
We need to see Newcastle back to something like their best form and winning games against decent teams again.
To do that we need to cut out the mistakes which is what Rafa’s talking about – there have been far too many errors creep into Newcastle’s play – maybe it’s over-confidence but whatever it is – it’s not good.
It would be a good tomorrow if we can beat Leeds United and that would almost nail down our automatic promotion spot, although not mathematically.
What do you think?