Rafa Benitez had just named his side for the vital home game this afternoon against Southampton.
And for the first time in a long time we got the team right and indeed Jonjo Shelvey is back in the team for Mikel Merino.
It looks like Rafa will play 4-4-2 with Perez and Gayle both up front as we try to get some goals to improve our goal difference.
Matt Ritchie returns to side too.
We really need a win today.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) March 10, 2018
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager
This is what Rafa has said about the Southampton game:
“Every game is important for us. This one against Southampton is the most important because it’s the next one. Every game is a final now.”
“Against a team that’s close to us, we must be sure that we try our best to get three points. We will realize where we are in April or May, there are a lot of games to play.”
“When you play against a top side, the difference is massive. Everything has to be perfect. Against other teams, you can make mistakes and still win.”
“My message is always clear – fans being fantastic for the team. For the players, just be sure that we give the fans something to support. If you take your chances, everything is different.”
“We (Rafa and former assistant Mauricio Pellegrino) have a good relationship. He knows me really well, I know him really well. It will be difficult to do something that the other one is not expecting.”
7 in 10 Newcastle fans think we will win the game this afternoon.
We must win this game!