Rafa Benitez has once again addressed the mess that was Newcastle United’s January transfer window.

The United boss attempting to draw a line under the issue, at least for the next three months.

In today’s match programme, the Manager says, ‘My message to the fans is that it doesn’t matter what happened during the transfer window’.

Rafa adds that the important thing in these next 18 games is about ‘the players that are here, feel the support of the fans’.

Apart from the goals, the loudest the supporters were on Wednesday night was when the final whistle was blown and a minority booed the players off.

No excuses today for the fans not to respond to Rafa’s urgings today, a capacity crowd with sunshine over Tyneside.

What more could you ask for?

Rafa Benitez writing in today’s Derby County match programme:

“My message to the players today is that they must make sure that they give everything on the pitch.

“Show the personality and the character that we, and you the supporters, expect from them.

“My message to the fans is that it doesn’t matter what happened during the transfer window.

“What we need to do is stick together, be behind the team.

“The main thing is that the players that are here, feel the support of the fans.

“The players realise that this group can write their name into club folklore, write their own bit of history.

“They have to work hard, try to win games and win promotion.

“If they do that, everybody will remember them.”