Rafa Benitez was obviously gutted after the club failed to land his transfer targets and the poor showing against QPR by the players he is now left to rely on.
Fans were fighting amongst themselves at Oxford, Newcastle players had to be separated on the pitch last night as frustration spread throughout the team, then Rafa and his team exited at the final whistle accompanied by booing from a minority.
Asked after the 2-2 draw whether Newcastle had enough in the tank to still get promotion, the United boss had no doubts about what needs to happen.
Rafa Benitez says everybody has their job to do over the course of the next three months.
The Manager states that the Newcastle fans have to realise that they need to ‘support the players’, to be ‘behind the team’.
The atmosphere was atrocious yet again on Wednesday night and whilst Rafa’s style of football doesn’t exactly help get the crowd going a lot of the time, fans do need to take responsibility. It says something when apart from the goals, the loudest response from the supporters was that booing at the final whistle.
As for the players themselves, Rafa Benitez explains how they need to realise just what a great situation they are in.
That if this squad gets Newcastle back to the Premier League at the first attempt, they will be ‘famous’ and seen as ‘heroes’.
The Manager says that all of this has to start on Saturday with total focus on getting three points against Derby.
With a capacity crowd and the return of Steve McClaren, on top of the prize of Premier League football, nobody will have any excuses, on or off the pitch, for giving it their all on Saturday at St James Park.
Rafa Benitez asked if Newcastle have enough to get promotion:
“I think so, obviously we need to do better and to win games but now this (drawing with QPR) is something we cannot change today.
“We have to make sure against Derby that the team will be ready and focus with the confidence we have had all season.
“It is a long season and hopefully, if that is the worst week, it means the others will be better.
“What we must do now is stick together – we have the fans and they have to realise they need to support the players – they have to be behind the team.
“The players, they have to realise that these are the players we have and they can be very important players for this club.
“If we are promoted they will be famous, they will be heroes, they will be important.
“Stick together, work hard together and see what we can achieve.”