After the 3-1 defeat at the Etihad stadium yesterday Rafa was still fairly upbeat with his team’s performance.
There’s one big thing difference with this team than the one led by Steve McClaren two years ago and that is our lads work their socks off for the team and simply never give up in any game.
Maybe that’s why we have been in most games this season and the worst defeat we have had is a 4-1 loss at Old Trafford – the fact our lads never give up and defend in the vast majority of games – helps our goal difference a lot.
Rafa has said he has been given the green light by Mike Ashley to buy players and the Mirror reported today he can spend whatever he needs to – to ensure we remain a Premier League club come May.
Rafa Benitez – exercising on the touchline yesterday
The Mirror said Ashley is using his own money to get the players in.
If that’s true then the money he gives Rafa will probably be added to the interest-free loan he has outstanding with Newcastle.
But that’s very good news – if it’s true.
Mr. Benitez was asked for an update after the City defeat, and he talked first about the transfer situation and then about the City game – as reported in the Shields Gazette today:
“In our last conversation with Mike Ashley, he said we had the green light to sign players, so I would like to see someone come before January 31.”
“We need options. It’s obvious because the team is working hard, but we still need some quality to help the team.”
“We have a list of players – he has that list of players – and we have to try our best to be sure we can bring in what we need.”
“This morning, I had a message. But I didn’t have an update. Hopefully, we can be closer to someone.”
“I’m obviously not happy, because we have lost, but I was expecting something like that – the players working very hard against a very good team,”
“I thought the team work and the spirit was positive. We obviously want to win, and the timing of the things that were happening was not great.”
“The first chance that we had, the penalty that was very soft, the chances that we had after our goal.”
“It was a pity, because it could have been a little bit better.”
“But we have to say that they are a very good team.”
If we can play as robustly as we did yesterday against the bottom ten sides in the league then we should be winning most of those games – especially if we can get a couple of good strikers in.
We need four good players brought in over the next 10 days.