A number of fans were shocked by our second successive defeat on Saturday against a team that was lower in the league than we were.
We lost 1-0 at Burnley a week last Monday with a late goal conceded.
And then we lost 1-0 at home to Bournemouth last weekend with a goal conceded in the 92nd minute. so things were not good going into the International break.
It was frustrating, to say the least.
And Rafa was not too happy with the Newcastle players in the second half on Saturday or even the officials during the game who disallowed a perfectly good Newcastle goal from Dwight Gayle after 16 minutes.
Since then Rafa has taken the opportunity to calm down the Newcastle fans and at the Foundation Annual Dinner on Tuesday night he asked fans to stick together.
Rafa Benitez – fans must stick together
The manager has taken the opportunity to send out what the message and the goal is for this first season back in the Premier League – in case we had forgotten.
This is what Rafa said:
“My message very simple, especially after losing,” “My message has to be clearer and stronger: just stick together. It’s very simple and very clear.”
“We were relegated two years ago, then we were promoted, which was a massive achievement to do that first time.”
“Now we must realize the target is to stay in the Premier League, be sure that we are strong enough to do that.”
“These young players … some of them will grow and improve because they have new experiences in them, and after that, we will be stronger.”
“The only way is to stick together. I can see some of the fans after losing the other day were asking me ‘you have lost two games in a row’.”
“Yes, but we’re a new club in the Premier League.”
“It’s true that we could win these games or draw, but we lost. Against Crystal Palace, we win with a late goal when we could have drawn.”
“We have had games that we deserved to win – like the other day against Bournemouth – but we lost it.”
“If it’s one or two bad results or even three or four, it doesn’t matter, it’s a long season.”
“We know the target is to stay in the Premier League, and then if you’re doing well, start thinking ‘can you go higher?”
“Can you go higher than last time?’.”
Some of us were getting just a little carried away because we were doing so well after we had beaten Crystal Palace with that late goal from Mikel Merino.
But as Rafa says we have to consolidate in the Premier League this season and hopefully with new owners in charge soon – Rafa will get the help he needs to bring in some top players this summer.
We have to be more patient.
That’s the bottom line – but it’s sometimes very difficult.