Rafa Benitez has talked about what he wants from his team from now on.
The good news this season is that our defense is still resolute and is coming into some good form at the right time and we have conceded only 14 goals in 11 games and only one in the previous three games.
Last season we ended up with a goal difference of -8 and scored an average of about a goal a game – 39 in total.
The bad news is we still cannot score goals and have only 7 goals so far.
Rafa wants the side to be more vigilant in the last third of the pitch and start making the right decision,s and hopefully, we will be able to score more goals and improve our goal difference.
And of course, put those points up on the board.
We are creating the opportunities which is always a good sign but the lads are not composed enough and have missed a lot of chances in the first 11 games.
That’s the principal reason we have so few points – 6 after 11 games played.
Rafa has addressed Newcastle’s problems today as reported in the Chronicle:
“Staying calm is the key.”
“When I say that I am not talking about playing without intensity.” “We have to be aggressive and work hard.”
“But in the final third we have to do all of these things – plus be calm.”
“If you are calmer in front of goal you will make the right decision more often than not.”
“Against Leicester, we had a couple of chances at the beginning but after that, we were not in control of the game.”
“The other games were quite close.” “It has been a pity because we are talking about those 10 games without a win.”
“At the same time, eight or nine of those games we could have got something.” “We have to carry on and keep going.”
“It is important to score goals but it is important to find the balance.”
“One thing we had last year that was positive is that we don’t concede too many goals.” “It’s the same this year, we don’t concede too many.”
“That is vital if you are looking to survive.”But we have to add more goals to our game.”
“It’s not just the strikers.”
“We have to create more chances in general and the midfielders provide more from set-pieces and the wingers more crosses.”
“The defenders too, everybody has to make sure when they go in there for a free-kick they are more clinical and we score more goals.”
We had 10 shots at goal against Watford but had only two on target which is surprisingly one more than Watford had on target.
If we can be both clinical and calm in front of goal we could well see ourselves in a decent league position at the end of the year.
That’s what we are hoping for, and then we can bring in three new players at least in during January.
And who knows we could get a bid from some consortium to buy the club before summer rolls around.