We are finding out today from Isaac Hayden that Rafa Benitez called each player before the game at Swansea on Sunday to ensure they knew exactly what Rafa wanted from them in the match.
And then he remained in contact with the coaching staff all during the game and everything worked out well with a great 1-0 win.
Notice there was no nonsense of phones not working and the like, because knowing Rafa he would have wanted that all tested out before the game.
But now the lads must follow up the last two excellent performances with another one at home against a good Stoke City side tomorrow.
Rafa Benitez – called each player before Swansea game
And who knows, with some luck, we could have three league wins on the trot for the first time in the Premier League for nearly four years.
This is what Isaac has said as reported in the Chronicle today:
“The manager has been back on the training pitch doing his normal work really and preparing us for Stoke.”
“We just want to build on what we’ve done over the last couple of games. The Premier League’s a long season, it’s very intense and the games are of a very-high quality.”
“We have to just make sure that whichever Saturday or Sunday when we play, we’re bang on and 100% ready for the task at hand.”
“The manager always prepares us right, and I’m sure by Saturday we will be.”
“Last Sunday before the Swansea game the manager called a lot of the individuals – maybe the whole team, I’m not sure.”
“But he called us individually before the game to have a private one-on-one chat about the game.”
“He wanted to engage with us all and just explain to us what he wants from each player individually.”
“It just shows that he trusts a lot of the players; he puts a lot of faith in them and he knows even if he’s not there physically he can have a five-minute chat with you.”
“And when you go on the pitch he knows you’ll be doing exactly what he wants you to be doing.”
“Again I thought it was a really professional job all week. Even without the manager last week, the training was very, very professional.”
“Everyone was very focused, whether you thought you were going to play or whether you thought you weren’t.”
“Everybody was working hard and it was a good week.”
What Newcastle must do tomorrow is to keep up the good form and not have any letdowns.
The lads have played really well in the last two games after the disappointment at Huddersfield Town when we lost 1-0.
And most fans think we can win this game tomorrow.