That win on Sunday against Manchester United at least convinced us that Rafa can get a win out of seemingly nothing.
Rafa has ample self-confidence in himself and so much experience; he works his socks off in training and for Newcastle United in general.
And you could see all the good work he does with his players on the training field.
Our goal looked like a training field goal – something the players practice again and again at Benton.
And the way our players knew what to do and where to be on Sunday was great to watch.
Rafa Benitez talks to Jamie Carragher during his time at Liverpool
Rafa has said his team is young and inexperienced and that they need to learn quickly.
It looked like they had been learning on Sunday and now Rafa has two full weeks to prepare for the game at Bournemouth a week on Saturday.
Fans had become frustrated at home games because we would go 1-0 up and then concede an equalizer and that cost us 2 points.
That has cost us a lot of points especially when you think we hadn’t had a home win in the league since way back on October 21st when we hammered Crustal Palace 1-0 – with a late goal from Mikel Merino.
We have now scored a single goal in each of our seven games after we drew 0-0 with Brighton at home.
At some point, we may even score a couple of goals in a game.
Jamie Carragher knows all about Rafa Benitez after playing for him for six years at Liverpool.
Jamie now thinks that because of the manager’s skill and dedication that he will save Newcastle from any relegation this season.
This is what Jamie has said on Sky Sports:
“That win against Manchester United is why I don’t think Newcastle will go down.”
“Because of the manager – Rafa Benitez has an ability to get a result when you’re not expecting it.”
“They’ll get wins that other teams might not.”
“Because of the belief the players and the crowd have in the manager, and also the belief he has in himself.”
It would be great if we can win at Bournemouth in two weeks after the Cherries were hammered at Huddersfield in the game before ours on Sunday.
That would give us some real momentum.
As it stands we have to get four wins in our last 11 games to reach 40 points and hopefully, safety.