Rafa Benitez insists if Newcastle play at ‘normal level’ nothing else will matter at Birmingham
Rafa Benitez is understandably keen to put the Fulham match behind him and his team.
The Newcastle boss wanting to get back to basics and ensure that this first defeat in 12 league matches isn’t repeated.
Rafa says that you have approach every game with the ‘right mentality and says that ‘You have to be sure that you do the right things from the beginning, you do not make too many mistakes’.
The Fulham game having seen Newcastle make any number of uncharacteristic mistakes.
With Newcastle top of the league and masters of their own destiny, Rafa Benitez is keen to stress that it is all about what his own team does, saying ‘It depends on us’, adding that Fulham was a ‘wake-up call’.
As for the home results being relatively disappointing compared to the away results, the Newcastle Manager believes that wherever they play shouldn’t make a difference: ‘If we play at the level we normally play, it doesn’t matter if it is away or at home’.
“It depends on us.
“If we do what we have to do, keep winning games, it will be more difficult for the other teams. That is the priority.
“Obviously, we were very disappointed last week. We knew Fulham were a good team, they were doing well, but as I said after the game, we made too many mistakes, and we lost an opportunity to get three points.
“The good thing about this division is that you always have another game soon. We have one tomorrow, and next month we have seven, so we just have to think about the future.
“When you do so well against Brighton, Huddersfield and Reading, a lot of people were maybe expecting that it was nearly done.
“But, no – last week was a reminder that we have to carry on and keep working the same way we did before.
“It (Fulham) was a wake-up call to be sure that everybody is on their toes and ready.
“It has changed a lot since then (the January FA Cup games v Birmingham), we had a lot of new players as well as players coming back injury and it was the same for them with some young players, so it will be totally different.
“It will be another challenge for us. They have some good players, some new ideas and a new system. Sometimes they play with four at the back, sometimes five at the back – they are trying to find solutions to the problems they have.
“If we play at the level we normally play, it doesn’t matter if it is away or at home.
“You have to approach any game against any team with the right mentality.
“You have to be sure that you do the right things from the beginning, you do not make too many mistakes, and you play at the level you want to play.”
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