The Rafa Benitez Wigan Press Conference has taken place on Friday lunchtime.

The United boss confirming that Dwight Gayle has trained without an injury problems throughout the international break, it looking all but certain he will start against Wigan.

Rafa feels that Huddesrfield are now feeling the pressure after being hammered 4-0 by lowly Bristol City in their last game.

However, as usual, the Newcastle Manager never ceases to warn that no game is easy, saying Wigan will be a ‘tough game’ as they battle to avoid the drop.

Brexit has been the all consuming topic of conversation/news and recent days have seen football commentators wondering how it may affect English clubs, especially in terms of movement of players.

Rafa Benitez though played it laughs when asked, saying that if he is retiring in 10 years or so they might not have even finished the paperwork!

First quotes from the Rafa Benitez Birmingham Press Conference:

“I’ve been really pleased with the atmosphere in the whole city.

“Eight games to go now  and it is a mini league – one game at a time.

“We have some games to play at home (5 of last 8) and we will try to improve our record.

Huddersfield are now feeling the pressure.

“We have to concentrate on ourselves – if we think too much about (Wigan), we will lose our focus.

“We know Wigan are trying to avoid relegation so, as always, it will be a tough game, a difficult one.

“We have some players who were injured, and it’s been a good time for them to recover. Some still have problems.

“I think Dwight Gayle has been really good for us. His injury was a problem but he’s trained (in the international break) without problems

(On the impact of Brexit on football) “”I don’t know and maybe I will be retired in ten years time and they will still be doing the paperwork!”

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  • Wor Lass

    Surely, we`ve got to go for the jugular against Wigan. We`re top of the heap and need to put some pressure on our closest rivals – especially over these two home games. No mention of Hayden – does this mean he`s still injured?

    • Jimblag23

      He’s fit thankfully.

      • Wor Lass

        Cheers – that`s good news.

    • Jezza

      We bleeding well should be going for the jugular against Wigan but somehow I don’t think we will be. I’m expecting nothing other than the usual one up front, sit back and let the vistors dictate the game.

      • Andy Mac

        We cant afford to do that Jezza as you know. It’s not worked for us in the recent past so ditch two DM’s and lets play with some width to stretch them all over the park

        • Jezza

          We should be able to stretch them, Andy. Just imagine Gayle and Murphy up front, Shelvey in the middle picking out inch perfect passes everywhere, and Ritchie and Atsu bombing down the wings. That should all be too much for Wigan but let’s see see what team selection and game plan Newcastle actually use.

  • toonterrier

    Now we’ve triggered Brexit why don’t we have a vote on Ashit.

  • Andy Mac

    I read that Rafa is hoping the fans will get behind the team for these 5 home games. Surely he knows by now that if we dont get out of the traps fast the crowd will sit on their hands for most of the game ? Therefore its up to him to get the crowd going by selecting an attacking line up from from the start ?