The Rafa Benitez Reading Press Conference has taken place on Monday lunchtime.

The United boss giving out the usual messages of taking each game as it comes and nothing won yet.

With it being nine weeks since the last defeat in the Championship and 24 points gained from the last 30 played for, little wonder he doesn’t see the need to change his approach.

With only 72 hours between matches, most fans will expect at least one or two changes for Reading.

Rafa Benitez confirming that both Vurnon Anita and Dwight Gayle have had no adverse reaction to their comebacks at Huddersfield and that both will be available tomorrow night.

Dwight Gayle must surely be a knocking bet to start and very likely that Rafa will put Yedlin in for Anita after the Dutchman’s first start on Saturday since January.

The United boss also confirming though that Isaac Hayden and Rolando Aarons are still not up for selection.

With 11 games remaining, Rafa Benitez has seen his players win away games against the two closest challengers and now the third match of what looked a very tricky run of games, sees Newcastle facing fifth place Reading.

Rafa once again envisages a tough match and after defeats to Brighton and Huddersfield, a bit of confidence was restored for Jaap Stam’s team with a 2-1 home win over Wolves on Saturday.

First quotes from the Rafa Benitez Reading Press Conference:

“We have to be sure every single player, member of staff and every fan knows there is still nothing won. We have to carry on.

“Reading will try to keep the ball, and play with high tempo. They’re a team that likes to have possession.

“When you play against the teams at the top of the table and you get results, it is even more important.

“I have confidence that we can do well for the rest of the season, but still, my thinking is the same – it will be tough.”

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  • magpiefifer

    Reading will be another tricky game,but as long as the players have the right attitude we will hopefully come away with something.Rafa is spot on about not winning anything – you don’t win the league in March – so, here’s hoping the good run continues.

  • Scooter

    well that`s good news let`s hope hayden`s back soon as he was playing well before the injury

    • Geordiegiants

      He looks good going forward as well as tracking back. That’s why he is a better option than Colback, who’s strengths are more focused on the holding role.

  • Wor Monga

    Cmon!…another point for us down there will the icing on that particular cake…

    …Reading will be more than happy to keep themselves in the play offs…so they’ll come at us and make a show of it, but we’ll stay closed up tight at the back, and then just break out in the way we do away from home…lightening quick and deadly…whenever possible…

    …it might not be what the percentage football the purists want to see, but it works a treat, and that’s the name of the game!!!

  • Alreet

    With the way the other games have gone it does seem to be the case that if a team comes at us the we can soak the pressure and counter. That is also alot easier with gayle atsu and ritchie up top.

    Diame is blowing hot and cold all the time at the minute but i would give him the nod again.

    Reading could be a big result and gayle might be right up for it.

    Come on lads. Tie this league up asap. Dont wanna be needing anything by april