After three losses in a row, this situation will be a bit of a challenge for the Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, and he will have to remain upbeat.
A win at home to West Ham on Saturday is just what we need to lift the depressed mood with Newcastle supporters after the defeat to Nottingham Forest last night at home where some poor defending cost us the game.
But Rafa says we missed a lot of chances last night and actually should have won the game – but we didn’t, and maybe that’s because we haven’t got the strikers in the side who can convert the chances we keep creating?
That was certainly true last season when we didn’t win games after missing lots of good chances.
Rafa Benitez last night
Rafa tried to remain upbeat as he talked to journalists after the game at his press conference and this is what he said in the Chronicle after the disappointing defeat:
“Everybody was expecting that we have to beat Nottingham Forest, but at the same time they’re doing well in the league and they have confidence.”
“The game though was more or less as we were expecting.” “They could pass the ball, they could move the ball, but we had the chances.”
“I don’t remember too many saves from Darlow and I remember a lot of chances that we didn’t take.”
“Because you play two days ago and you have to play two days after, at this stage of the season, the players have to be ready for playing in the cup against a Championship team.”
“If you can’t, then it means that something is wrong.”
“I thought we could do it and watching the team, watching the number of chances that we had, I think we deserved to go through.”
“We knew that going into the Premier League, a new division, a new competition, another level, you can win games or you can lose games.”
“In this case, we lost this one. It was a game that we were expecting to win – we didn’t do it and we have to be ready for the next one.”
“I have said that this team will improve and I am convinced that we will do it.
“It proved that we have to improve in some areas.”