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Rafa Benitez says no consolation when proved right but lose the game

4 years ago

Whilst revenge will be high on the agenda for both Newcastle players and fans, for Rafa Benitez no doubt it will be  just about another three points.

Friday night sees Newcastle meet Nottingham Forest exactly four weeks to the day since the Steve Martin comedy show at the City Ground.

The United boss saying that whilst it was a relief to get the two red cards chalked off, it was a hollow victory as Forest had been gifted the three points by the opposition.

As for Brighton overtaking Newcastle, Rafa Benitez is taking the positives and thinks it will now be interesting to see other clubs maybe putting more effort into playing the new league leaders.

Maybe in an indication/acceptance that he got his tactics wrong against Sheffield Wednesday, Rafa says that whatever the game plan of the opposition, his players have to be on top of that.

The Newcastle Manager says that his players didn’t move the ball quickly enough on Monday and it was certainly ponderous to watch.

I have a feeling that neither manager or fans will be forgiving if the Newcastle players aren’t fully wound up for this one.

Rafa Benitez:

“I’m really pleased with the away form, when a team is doing so well away, if you are also as good at home then you would be 10 points clear.

“We know that it (the Championship) is a difficult competition – we know it is a difficult league and teams are coming to our stadium and trying to work very hard in defence and be very compact, very narrow and play on the counter-attack.

“It’s something we have seen during the whole season and we need to understand how to play these games.

“If you cannot win, don’t give them any hope that they can score – then at least you will have a draw.

“Sometimes, when you say that they come and they press very high, to surprise you, but normally they will be well organised in defence and they will try to play counter-attack, so we will have to deal with that and do it in a better way than we did the other day because we know that we were not quick enough moving the ball.

“We know that we didn’t create too much, we had the chances at the beginning and after that we were defending counter-attacks, so we have to manage better these kind of games.

“When you are the away team, you can manage it better because they have to attack and they leave more space at home.

“For everyone who could see the (Nottingham Forest) game, it was a surprise the way things were going on.

“We were (proved) right because the red cards were rescinded but we lost the game, so for us it is an opportunity to put things right and get three points.

“We are not watching the table – we have to concentrate just on our games and trying to get three points. We have 23 games to play now so it’s the same situation.

“We are disappointed because we didn’t do well and we lost (against Sheff Wed) but I still have a lot of confidence in our team because I think that we are doing well and we have to carry on doing well.

“We have seen a lot of teams playing against us, when we were top of the table, giving 100% in every game.

“Now maybe every team that will play against Brighton will see an opportunity to do something important and there will be more pressure on them.”


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