We were hoping for a win on Saturday against Leicester City but we did not take the chances we had in the game.
And a penalty and a header from a corner – two set pieces – led to the goals that sent us to our fourth successive home defeat.
That’s the worst start at home to a season in our history, and we need to get a win very soon to restore the confidence of our players.
The good news today is that Paul Dummett and Federico Fernandez were not fit on Saturday with both having slight hamstring injuries.
But it seems it was more of a precaution that Rafa left the players out of Saturday’s squad.
Hopefully, they will be available for the game at Old Traffic on Saturday.
Federico Fernandez – could be fit to play at Old Trafford on Saturday
Salomon Rondon is out for at least two weeks with his thigh injury so he will not be available for next Saturday’s game.
This is what Rafa has said about the injuries and about Newcastle’s general situation as reported in the Chronicle today:
“They are light injuries so not long, they are not very bad,”
“We had to make a decision and, in the last two games, we had a problem with Rondon and Lascelles and we had to make a substitution during the game.”
“We preferred to go with players who were fully fit, that’s it.”
“It is difficult when you are working so hard and you are doing well, and you still can’t get results.”
“It’s difficult to keep the confidence high.”
“It is a question of we need to start winning games and it will change.”
“We had the chances against Leicester and we did not take them, then we conceded a penalty that you can avoid.”
“There are so many things going against us, it is difficult to manage.”
Rafa says it’s difficult for him to manage the current situation.
It’s definitely difficult for the fans, as we are looking perhaps at yet another fight against relegation this season.
When will it ever change?