This may come as a surprise to Newcastle fans that Rafa Benitez doesn’t really know what is wrong with his Newcastle team over the last three games, in which we have picked up only one single point and lost our chance to go back up as Champions.
It’s never easy to support Newcastle and after the previous two seasons being disasters, there’s now even more pain for Newcastle fans in what should have been a victory parade – at least to an easy automatic promotion.
Rafa Benitez meets Mick McCarthy and Terry Connor
But that’s not been the case over the last three games as our players have seemed to choke.
What’s going on?
The team keeps making mistake after mistake so Rafa is not clear what exactly is wrong and he had this to say yesterday as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“I am concerned about the change of the team in terms of the performance against Leeds and then our performance against Ipswich.”
“That is the only thing I am thinking about. “We know that we have to win games to do our job, so we will have to change and improve a lot.”
“We knew it could be this kind of game. I thought that we were ready, but it seems that we were not.” “We were not focused and mentally ready.”
“When we were reacting, we scored the goal, and it seemed that we had more control of the game, but then we made another mistake.”
“We are making some mistakes, and we are paying for that. “To be fair, in both of the last two away games, we have been punished for our mistakes.”
“That is it.” “They are mistakes that we were not normally making. When we played at home against Leeds, we had so many chance to win, but then we made another mistake and conceded.”
“We have to learn from that. “It is still in our hands – it still all depends on us.”
“We have to win the first game first though, then after that we can start thinking about the other two.”
This is a big management test for Rafa to somehow fix what’s wrong and get the lads back on track, even though we’ve blown any chance of winning the Championship.
But he will also have learned about some of his players and will know who they are who seem to have flipped out when these are games we must win.
It’s crunch time.