Newcastle players under the guidance of Rafa Benitez train hard in preparation for each game.
So it must have been tough for the coaching staff that our first win of the season didn’t come until Saturday when we beat Watford 1-0.
In the same fixture last season we were beaten 3-0.
And last night the other team without a win – Huddersfield – beat Fulham at home 1-0 to send the Cottagers into bottom place.
Newcastle remain 4th bottom of the league.
Newcastle still find it hard to score goals and when that’s the case set pieces become important opportunities.
Rafa Benitez – set plays important
We scored a great goal from a free kick on Saturday when Ki put in a terrific free kick that Perez headed home in style.
Rafa knows the importance of set pieces this season:
“We’ve been practicing set-pieces every week, and we couldn’t get anything from that.
“It was a great delivery and great movement of Ayoze.”
“Last year, that was a big difference. This year, still we needed that. Hopefully, it will be the first of a lot of goals.”
“For them (the coaches), it’s important,” “Antonio, Mikel and Paco (Moreno), they’re always working really hard, especially on set-pieces.”
“To see that you can score a goal and get three points from a free-kick, that’s another big boost for everyone in terms of concentration for the next game.”
“If you see the teams that normally get relegated, they normally concede goals. We don’t concede too many, so that, for me, is one of the biggest hopes of why we can stay up.”
“We’re organized, and it’s difficult to break us down. We still made some mistakes, and they had some chances.”
“But it’s not easy for the other teams to create chances against us.”
“That’s a good foundation, and we know we can still improve. Our problem is that we have to create more or create better chances.”
This season is yet another test of Rafa’s management capabilities.
And we play an impressive Bournemouth side at home on Saturday, and they are currently in 6th place in the league.
After that, we will have played 12 league games and five of them against the perennial top six cubs.
And two other tough games agaunst Watford who are in 7th place and Bournemouth who are in 6th place.
Nobody can say it’s been an easy start for the lads this season.
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