Dwight Yorke says Aston Villa are missing what Newcastle United have got.
Both teams were relegated last season but the former Villa and Sunderland striker says that his old team are lacking the ‘mentality’ Newcastle have at the minute.
Newcastle have won their last six games (all competitions) whilst Aston Villa have won only one Championship match out of seven.
The ‘mentality’ Dwight Yorke talks about is surely only down to one man, Roberto di Matteo may also have won the Champions League as a manager but Rafa Benitez is different class.
Newcastle looked almost as feeble as Aston Villa for much of last season and indeed couldn’t beat them in either game in that relegation year.
Rafa of course also had the advantage of gauging what needed to be done in the final two months of last season, whilst di Matteo only landed the Villa job this summer – giving the Newcastle man a substantial advantage when it came to judging what needed to be done in the transfer market.
These runs of wins and clean sheets though, do suggest that Rafa Benitez has totally nailed it, but as he has reminded the players at his pre-Wolves Friday press conference – no team is better than the other one until they get out on the pitch and prove it.
A sell-out crowd can’t wait for tomorrow’s match against Wolves.
Also, when it comes to the mentality Dwight Yorke talks about, you can’t ignore the help/hindrance given by the respective fanbases.
Whilst Newcastle are averaging fifty thousand at home, Aston Villa have parts of Villa Park closed for the season and the gate for their last home match dropped under thirty thousand with thirteen thousand empty seats.
“There just seems to be a cloud over Aston Villa at the moment.
“I would like to see the winning mentality, the winning focus in terms of…we are a Premier League team, we have spent big money on these strikers, this is what Aston Villa is all about.
“The same sort of mentality that Newcastle have at this point in time.
“That’s what you need to take to get out of this division.”