It’s difficult for manager and players alike when the team keeps losing.
And you never seem to get any luck when you are in those streaks – things always seem to go against you – for some strange reason.
And after picking up 14 points in our first 9 games of the season we went through one of the most barren spells in our history.
We picked up one draw and eight defeats during the next 9 games played and very nearly matched John Carver’s record of 2015 when we lost eight games in a row.
What was strange was there were very few cries for Rafa Benitez to be fired and he kept telling us the players were learning in each game.
Rafa Benitez whispers to DeAndre Yedlin – keep trying – never give up
Rafa kept saying and that it was the little things that were letting the team down due to a lack of Premier League experience.
Rafa insisted the players kept fighting in every single game and he told the lads to keep being positive and push on.
Right-back DeAndre Yedlin has explained in the Chronicle today just how Rafa handled that mini-emergency:
“The fight we were showing on the pitch was what we showed in the season.”
“A lot of teams might have thrown in the towel when they hadn’t won after nine games, but not us.”
“Something could have changed and we could have lost our heads.” “But we stayed positive and pushed on.”
“It’s something that the manager preached.”
“We have reached our goal of getting past 40 points but we now have to push on.”
“We want to get higher in the table. There are still games left to do that and we are on a great run, so why not?”
“There’s no reason why we can’t push on and get an even higher placing.”
After that poor nine-game streak, we have since played 15 games and have 7 wins and a very good 26 points – and have won the last four games.
So everything Rafa was telling his players seems to have come true.
The players listen to everything Rafa tells them and are ready to carry the game plan down to the very fine details.
That’s what Rafa wants and why they are at Newcastle United.