Rafa has tried to explain to Newcastle fans why he cannot play his strongest side in the cup competitions this season.
Since we haven’t won a local cup since back in 1955 when we tore Manchester City apart 3-1 in the FA Cup final – obviously fans want to win a trophy as soon as possible.
And in 1969 we won the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (now the Europa League) with Bob Moncur as captain.
But it doesn’t look like it will happen anytime soon and certainly not in my lifetime.
Rafa Benitez – message to fans
Here’s what Rafa has said about tonight’s game – essentially a message to the Newcastle fans:
“What the fans I speak to tell me is that they want to see a team that cares.”
“A team that cares for the black and white shirt.” “The players I have picked have that.”
“They may not score two or three goals each or Jamie Sterry will not make 20 perfect crosses.”
“They have to do what they have been doing in the training sessions.” “Work hard, and try to give everything.”
“If they play well – fantastic – because we have more chance of winning.”
“The ones who normally train with us are Sean Longstaff and Jamie Sterry who can be involved.”
“The rest of the squad will be senior players.”
It would really be a lift if we can win this game tonight.
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Note: I have been asked by Feedspot to publicize the fact that this blog has been selected as one of the Top 40 Newcastle Blogs on the web – News Websites and Newsletters – and not just limited to football.
There are 3 football blogs on the list, and I understand spelling mistakes did not count in the ranking.
We are in 19th place and not too surprising Chronicle Live is in the top spot.