Rafa Benitez has explained today how with so many defeats in our first few games his players lost their confidence.
That’s not at all surprising, but at least the lads fought in each game and were close to getting points in every game apart from the poor showing at home to Leicester City.
But that was the exception, and we have now broken through with our first win of the season against Watford last Saturday.
This is what Rafa has said in the Chronicle today, and he again calls for the support of Newcastle fans:
“We played against five of the top six in the first 10 games.””The confidence was low.”
“When you play the teams like Brighton that are around our level, it is difficult when you don’t have the confidence.”
“You make more mistakes and you have that anxiety – our fans understand.”
“I will explain again.”
“In the Championship when we weren’t playing well, some fans were not happy with some players.”
“But they knew booing or doing something negative won’t change the performance of the player.”
“What do our fans expect from our players?” “That they give everything.” “We have players that care.”
“We have praised this group of players because they care.”
“Now we have to support them so they have the confidence and can play at that level.”
“We have to get the best from this team. We have to be positive.”
Rafa Benitez has a difficult situation coming since the newly-formed Magpie Group have organized protests against the owner and have called for a boycott for the home game against Wolves in early December.
That’s a winnable game, and if the boycott is “successful,” it will almost certainly affect the players.negatively.
But what is a boycott supposed to achieve and what is the definition of success; an empty stadium?
Does that hurt Ashley?
It looks like it hurts the club and the team.
But personal opinions aside, it’s going to be interesting to see how the manager handles this upcoming situation.
Rafa doesn’t want to go against the fans – but he also knows he needs the points this season.
The manager also goes out to win every single game, and he has always asked for the support of the fans to do that, which has always been one of Newcastle’s significant strengths.
It’s a difficult situation for everybody.
What do you think?