Rafa Beitez made it known that he had the players back into training only hours after the win at Derby County.
Now he has reinforced that message of the reward for winning…being more hard work on the training pitch.
Looking ahead to QPR tonight, Rafa has told both players and supporters ‘We have done nothing yet’.
After five wins in a row, the Newcastle boss says ‘We can’t be over-confident, we have to mae sure that we approach every game like the most important game of the season’.
All of this is music to the ears of Newcastle fans who became sick of Pardew, Carver and McClaren all going overboard at the sign of any positivity, often in an attempt to claim credit for themselves and to deflect criticism.
The mantra of ‘hard work delivering results’ is summed up by the Manager picking out two players for special mention.
Rafa Benitez picking out both Jonjo Shelvey and Yoan Gouffran as players who have benefited from hard work at the training ground, translating that into both personal and team success on a matchday.
Rafa Benitez talking pre-QPR:
“The main thing is to be sure that we are concentrating, we are focused and we approach every game with the right mentality.
“We have done nothing yet, so we have to carry on working very hard.
“We have confidence now that we are doing well and the players know what the Championship means – but still my main message is that we have to concentrate.
“We can’t be over confident, we have to be sure that we approach every game like the most important game of the season.
“To win games in a row, to do well and to improve – if we can carry on doing the same, I will be pleased and then after, we will see the table.”
Rafa on Yoan Gouffran:
“I can see him training every day, and I said before that he is a good professional and he is working very hard every day.
He is happy, so he is someone who is always smiling and laughing, so I think he is doing what he was doing before. There is more accuracy now in his shooting, and he is doing well.
“I’m really pleased for him, really pleased for us, for the team, for the club and for everyone here. It’s something that you are expecting from players, that they keep working hard, and sometimes they deserve to do well and score goals, and it’s much better for them.”
Rafa on Jonjo Shelvey:
“I think he knows his strength and also his problems, he is working on that and he is improving.
“During the summer he was working very, very hard – trying to be fit.
“At the beginning of the season it was the same, and ou could see with every training session that he had more confidence and was playing better.
“He is a player that needs confidence and his first goal (free-kick v Brighton) was massive for him too. There are a lot of positives because he’s been working very hard and little by little, he’s learning things about his game, that is positive for his future too.”