Rafa Benitez points the way forward for club and fans
Rafa Benitez has sent a clear message out after losing three matches in a row.
The United boss says that there what he is sure of, is that there will be no problems for any of his players, just so long as they give it ‘everything’ on the pitch.
Rafa believes the supporters will continue to give their backing to the team no matter what the result, if they can see that everybody is giving their best.
The Manager uses the example of the Forest match as proof that his team/squad are living up to that expectation, pointing out the effort and application even when having a two man disadvantage.
Rafa Benitez knows that Newcastle United are there to be shot at by the other 23 clubs, having the best and most costly assembled squad.
The way to counter that is simply for everybody connected to NUFC to ‘stick together’ and not lose focus, according to Benitez.
With Brighton overtaking Newcastle thanks to a 2-0 win over Leeds on Friday night, three points today against Birmingham will be massive, both in getting United back in top and the psychological edge with so many games coming up in quick succession.
“We will not waste too much time on that (Forest fiasco).
“Obviously we are disappointed because we can not get the three points that maybe we could have got; at the same time, referees can make mistakes. We paid for that but we have the players coming back and we have to concentrate on the next game.
“The players realise, and hopefully the fans also, that if we stick together we can be stronger. If not, because we are top of the table, because we are a top side in the Championship, then it’s easy (for things) to go against us.
“It’s easy to say ‘they can win because they have good players’ or ‘they’ve spent a lot of money’ or whatever.
“So we have to stick together and be sure that if we have any problem, we help each other.
“We know that it is a long race and we know that we have to keep going and pushing. We can be upset but at the same time we have to work harder.
“The performance of the team with nine players on the pitch was really, really good and showed that the players care about the club, about the result, about our position in the league.
“Hopefully it can be the same during the rest of the season but we have had this example with celebrations of players when they are on the bench; when the team score, they go and they share the celebrations all together. That, for me, is the way to keep the team as a team.
“If we can stick together, and also with our fans behind us, we will be so much stronger and it will be more difficult for the other teams.
“Every day when you talk, when you see the reaction of the fans on the forums or any comments, what they are looking for from a Newcastle United player is that they have to give everything.
“They have seen nine players on the pitch, players outside, everyone pushing, trying to win, trying to get a result the other day. That is the way.”
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