The Rafa Benitez Wolves Press Conference has taken place on Friday lunchtime.
The Newcastle Manager using the predictable line of ‘one game at a time’ and not worrying about the finishing line, though he has repeated his view that nothing will be decided before April, Rafa once saying that month will be ‘crucial’ as there are 21 points to play for.
However, starting at Wolves, Newcastle have eight matches spread over only four weeks, which obviously will be just as key in determining where United end up.
Playing most midweeks means the Newcastle boss will have to manage his resources carefully but a big bonus for him is that apart from long-term injured Aarons and Anita ‘everybody else is pushing to play’.
No definite answer on Dwight Gayle for the Wolves game but it sounds like the bench at the very most, as Rafa says he has had some training sessions and is ‘very close now’.
Rafa Benitez says that away from home ‘everybody wants to beat you’ but with only three teams managing that in 14 attempts this season, Newcastle will be confident that they can take at least a point home.
First quotes from the Rafa Benitez Wolves Press Conference:
“When you play away, everybody wants to beat you. I think we are ready.
“Dwight Gayle has completed some training sessions, so he’s very close now.
“(Vurnon) Anita and Rolando Aarons are still out but everybody else is pushing to play.
“It’s important to just concentrate on one game at a time. The other teams will be pushing and pushing.
“April is crucial because we have seven games, that month will be the key for the final positions.”