The Rafa Benitez Huddersfield Press Conference has taken place on Friday lunchtime.
With 24 hours to go, the United boss delivered the news that all Newcastle fans wanted to hear.
Star striker Dwight Gayle is ‘fine’ and will be travelling to Huddersfield with the rest of the squad.
Tuesday night at Brighton had seen the Manager forced to turn to usual left-sided midfielder Yoan Gouffran as a temporary sticking plaster, due to the shortage of suitable alternatives available to do a job in Gayle’s absence.
Needing a mobile front man to keep the Brighton defence occupied, Gouffran did that up to a point but when he messed up a golden chance one on one with the keeper, there were only two words that went through your head…well alright, there were those words as well but can’t really use them, so ‘Dwight Gayle’ will just have to do.
If any one or more of Mitrovic, Perez and Murphy start at Huddersfield, they offer very little pace, if any, between them.
The hosts play very good possession football and Rafa Benitez will be intent on pressing as much as possible to knock them out of their rhythm, then at the same time looking to get on the front foot as much as possible.
Clearly buoyant after Brighton, the United boss will be sending his team out to try and finish the job off – six points out of six against the nearest challengers would/should take Newcastle into a very very commanding position.
First quotes from the Rafa Benitez Huddersfield Press Conference:
“Tuesday night has given us more confidence for the future… It was important for the next games.
“To have beaten Brighton, and also the number of games we’ve won away, shows that the team know what to do.
“In the first game we played against Huddersfield, they were well organised and pressing well.
“Dwight Gayle is fine – he is in the squad.”
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