Newcastle got nothing out of the game at Old Trafford on Saturday after playing so well for 70 minutes.
But we can say that about a number of the defeats we’ve had this season – like the losses to Spurs, Chelsea, and Manchester City.
We have only 2 points in 8 games and we know that’s the worst start in our long history.
However, you wouldn’t think the way Newcastle played in that first half on Saturday we were in the bottom three in the league.
So that’s one of the positives coming out of what was a heartbreaking loss.
Rafa Benitez – confident we can start winning soon
Rafa is quick to point out that the lads must take the unlucky loss in stride and keep working hard in training.
This is some of what Rafa said after the game when asked if he had enough experienced players in the side:
“Tonight is not the night to complain about the players.”
“They did great, it’s just something we need to learn for the future.”
“The team was in control of the game for a while, but perhaps we have to manage the situation a little bit better if we can.”
“You have to give credit to Man United.”
“It was the players they had on the pitch and the pace, the size, the ability, the power, everything.
“It was very difficult to stop them playing.” “We did it, and we played very well for a while.”
“We cannot complain about the players – we just have to learn for the future and carry on with the same team spirit and way to play.”
“We have to stay calm and be sure we continue working in this way because we will win games if we play like that.”
Benitez is confident about the future, and he seems certain we will soon be picking up some wins.
Hope he’s right on that.
Here are the next five league games coming up.
Date Fixture KO time
Sat 20 Oct Newcastle vs Brighton 3:00pm Sat 27 Oct Southampton vs Newcastle 3:00pm Sat 03 Nov Newcastle vs Watford 3:00pm Sat 10 Nov Newcastle vs Bournemouth 3:00pm Mon 26 Nov Burnley vs Newcastle 8:00pm