Rafa has got his players well schooled in what they have to do to ensure Newcastle are safe in the Premier League this season.
That’s the primary goal this season (again), and we have done well in picking up 13 points from the previous 7 games, even after the 2-0 defeat at West Ham on Saturday.
We lost that game in the first half by conceding two poor goals and in retrospect didn’t deserve to take anything from the game.
The concentration levels of some of our players have to be a lot higher when we play against a team like West Ham who have some talented players.
Mo Diame and Rafa Benitez after 2-1 win at home to Cherries last November
Mo Diame knows exactly what is needed as he had this to say as reported in the Chronicle today:
“We knew that the two wins at home were massive for us and were like finals.” “We won both of them and we’re now in a better position.”
“But the Premier League is hard and we need to keep going.” “It is just about going game by game and trying to win.”
“We know what we need to stay up and if we can move further forward we will try.”
“But at the moment it is about being focused on Everton and winning this game.”
“It has been longer than a month (with his hip injury).”
“But I was lucky because we had a break in Spain and it gave me more time to recover and get back.”
“Now I need to get back to the top of my fitness.”
We may see Mo keep his place in the side if Sean Longstaff is not fit for the game against Everton on Saturday.
Sean is having a scan on his knee to better understand the extent of the knee injury he sustained at the London Stadium.