Rafa Benitez has just finished his press conference this afternoon for the home game with Brighton & Hove Albion tomorrow afternoon.
Rafa has refused to talk about transfers, and he has told the press he has to concentrate fully on the upcoming games.
There was some over-the-top criticism of Rafa’s tactics against Manchester City on Wednesday, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating and in the last 15 minutes we had chances to score and get a draw.
So the tactics couldn’t have been that bad – but it was the only Premier League game on Wednesday, so pundits had to drum up some controversy to talk about.
Rafa Benitez – addresses the media
Rafa seems to take it all in his stride and here are some of the comments from the manager this afternoon:
“We are managers and we take responsibility for our decisions.” “We almost got a fantastic result. Many teams have played that way against Manchester City and nobody criticised.”
“I am pleased with the character of my players. West Ham was difficult for us. Against Man City, you could see the players are working hard. It’s a great response from the players.”
“We trained indoors (because of snow) but it was fine. We cannot train too hard to recover. We have worked tactically and tried to recover from the other night. The next game will be OK.”
“Our fans know this group cares. They traveled all over the Christmas period. We must stay United and we will be OK.”
Newcastle fans seem confident of a win tomorrow – with almost three if four Newcastle fans thinking we can win this game.
We must get the 3 points come hell or high water – preferably only high water!
Howay The Lads!!