If we had managed a 0-0 draw yesterday at Wembley, we would be over the moon today.
But a late blunder by Dubravka meant we lost our 13th league game of the season.
Hopefully, there will not be too many more defeats in our final 13 games.
But fans still feel positive today.
Getting Almiron and Barreca in on Thursday has further raised the spirits on Tyneside, and we should be a better team because of the two new lads.
Both have pace and skill and can help Newcastle become a more attacking side in the future.
Even though we lost the game yesterday at Wembley the lads played really well, and they are so committed to Newcastle – it’s just great to see that from all our players.
Jamaal Lascelles – distraught after Spurs’ late goal yesterday
Rafa demands that fighting spirit which is one reason he’s the perfect manager for Newcastle.
Rafa was upbeat after the game, even though we lost and he is looking forward to working with Barreca and Almiron next week.
Here’s some of what Rafa said after the game yesterday:
“It will be good next week with these new players to have time to know their teammates and to train.”
“And to talk – because you have two foreign players who don’t speak much English, so, sometimes to stay around and see what the other players do is helpful.”
“Almiron can help. Barreca too.”
“We now have different kinds of players with pace and when you have competition it is always good for the team.”
I think it has been a good week for the club. To bring in new players, it will be positive for the future.”
“We needed that and hopefully we will see it in the next few games.”
Miguel Almiron will travel to Paris tomorrow and try to sort out all the paperwork for his visa.
He should then be available to concentrate on training ready for our next big test – at Molineux next Monday night.
With Shelvey, Diame, Ki and Dummett all expected to be fit for that game, Newcastle should be able to field a strong team.
And also have a talented bench for the game so that Rafa has some options depending on how the game goes.
This set of players is now what we have for the future, and the manager will be trying to make the team more free-flowing before the end of the season.
And of course, we have another five wins to get to 39 points and potential safety.