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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