We expect Rafa Benitez will pick his strongest side to play at Craven Cottage tomorrow afternoon against relegated Fulham.
Fulham have taken 9 points from their previous four games and are playing well under newly appointed permanent manager Scott Parker – the former Newcastle central midfielder.
There’s nothing like a win to lift the morale of Newcastle fans and even though it’s the final game and even though it’s against a relegated side we must go all out for the win.
After all – a win is a win is a win.
Rafa Benitez – will want to sign off with a win tomorrow
This is what Rafa has said about his team selection as reported in the Chronicle today:
“We have to go there and play a proper game and get three points.” “It’ll be really good for everyone.”
“The problem at the end of the day is that you have players coming to the end of their contracts or loans and will go back.”
“Players also have little things going on and they don’t want to take any risks.”
“People have asked me if I play the younger players or those not playing.”
“But we will try to put out a team that is capable of winning the game.”
“No, we have the problem with the injuries such as Longstaff, Almiron and Yedlin plus Lejeune and Ki.”
“We have to protect Ki and not take any risks.”
“The majority of the teams between 7th and 17th have spent around £100million or pay the big wages.”
“Sometimes you don’t spend money in the window but they pay big wages and convince to come with you.”
“Fulham are a team that spent money and it’s a surprise that they are at the bottom with the quality they had and the way they supported the team.”
“But sometimes the confidence and togetherness of the other teams or the relationship with the fans.”
“Maybe it is just that you lose a couple of results and you lose confidence.”
“They have good players but it is a pity that a team that have the resources to progress will be in the Championship next season.”
Fans expect we can win this game.
It will give the traveling fans a lift if we can get all 3 points.
They are the salt of the earth and deserve to return to Newcastle with the side having won the game.
Let’s hope that’s what happens.
If we win, it will be Rafa’s 62nd win in 146 games in charge of Newcastle United – and a win ratio of 42.5%
That’s his lowest win percentage (over the last three years) since he was at Extremadura back in 1997.
At that club, Rafa won 36 games in 92 total matches for a win ratio of 39.1%.
Howay The Lads!!