Newcastle missed maybe five chances that we could have scored from in a game yesterday that we could and should have won easily.
But we were beaten 1-0, but overall the team played quite well, and if we can get some strikers in to score the goals we could still do well this season.
Our central midfield looks strong with Jonjo Shelvey, Mohamed Diame, Ki Sung-yueng and Isaac Hayden fighting it out for starting positions.
Hayden had a good game, and he showed yesterday what a good technical player he is.
Rafa Benitez – pleased enough with yesterday’s performance
He will stay with us now until at least the January transfer window before he gets any move south to be closer to his girlfriend and baby.
This is what Rafa said after the game yesterday:
“I think it was an entertaining game for the fans because both teams had chances.” “Overall we have improved.”
“We improved from the other day because we had more control and played on the ball a bit better.”
“Still we have to improve.”
“We have to have more control and not give them the chance to have counter attacks like they did especially in the second half.”
“My obligation is to try to improve the squad as much as I can until the last day.”
We were impressed with new signing Sung-yueng yesterday, and he fitted right in when Diame went off injured after 30 minutes with a knock – which is not severe.
We also see that Fabian Schaf is getting a bit of stick from some fans.
You have to allow the lad to get used to the Premier League and the different pace of football in England.
It’s going to take a few games for him to adjust but we think Schaf will turn out to be an excellent buy for us at only £3M.