We never like it when we see articles that are smashing a Newcastle player after they have given a poor performance.
What good does that do?
Not much, other than it brings the player further down – it certainly doesn’t help them.
Every player we have on the team gives 100% effort in every single game – sometimes they don’t play well sometimes they do – that’s the nature of football.
Newcastle are struggling at the moment with four successive defeats and we are not playing particularly well.
Rafa Benitez – forceful words from the gaffer
Rafa has given his press conference today for the game at the Hawthorns tomorrow night and he has talked forcefully about a number of things before the West Brom game.
He has talked about where we were after the transfer window closed in early September and that the major goal this season is to stay in the Premier League.
That’s job one.
Just like last season when the major goal was to be promoted – preferably in an automatic position – and we were able to do that.
And there were bumps – sometimes big bumps – along the way – like being beaten twice by Blackburn who were relegated.
And then stumbling near the end of the season when Brighton were 7 points above us with just 3 games to play.
If we stay in the Premier League the club will get all that big money again and Newcastle will at least be on a fairly level playing field with the rest of the Premier League clubs.
That was not true last summer.
Here’s some of what Rafa has said today:
“No-one should forget that on September 1 following the end of the transfer window)all of the fans were saying it was going to be a difficult season.”
“Nobody said it would be easy but we are 14th and in a good position.”
“I think the majority of fans know the reality. We have a good team but we also have injuries and our squad is not as big as some.”
“So we are doing well. Could it be better?” “Yes, 100% but everyone needs to understand our reality.”
“What is our target? “What do we want to achieve this season?”
“To stay in the Premier League.”
“We do not know what is going on (with the takeover) and what will happen.”
“Our fans need to know it could be even worse.” “If we don’t sign anyone, what can we do?”
“We have to stick together and keep working hard until the end of the season.”
“I think Joselu is doing a lot of things right.”
“He is doing a great job for the team and he is making the rest of our team feel more comfortable.”
“If you want to sign a striker who’ll score 20 goals, you must pay £40M.
“If you sign an average striker, it’s £15M, or £10M if they can kick it forward.”
“We didn’t do it. That’s the situation we’re in.” “We must stick together.”
“I still have full confidence in our team.”
“Yedlin didn’t have a bad game.” “He was up against two top quality players.”
“We have to win games as a team.”
“This group of players can manage if we stay calm and continue in the same way.”
“Our fans know where we are and why we are here.” “We have had a difficult month.”
“We knew that before.” “We have 14 points and are in a good position.”
“Are we happy? No, it could be better – but it could be worse.”
“If it gets worse, keep on going.”
Rafa is well aware that a lot of the fans are agitated and critical at the moment.
The manager and his players will be doing their utmost to get 3 points at West Brom tomorrow night.
Let’s hope we can so that – that would be absolutely terrific.
Howay The Lads!!