Newcastle United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers - Benitez: “We have a city behind the team”

Newcastle United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers - Benitez: “We have a city behind the team”

The Magpies host the first of two consecutive ties against Wolverhampton Wanderers, the first being in the EFL Championship.

Jordan Cronin

Rafael Benitez spoke of confidence in the support of the Toon Army after winning two successive games on the road - with the backing out of a sold out away end.

United featured in back-to-back away fixtures against Derby County and Queens Park Rangers. The journey to the iPro Stadium saw the Toon take a 2-0 victory before they ran riot at Loftus Road, three days later, in a 6-0 triumph.

Now, the Magpies’ bad start (two opening defeats) looks to be firmly behind as they aim to make it six competitive Championship wins and seven in all competitions against Walter Zenga’s

The backing of the city

St James’ Park will be backed by another 50,000+ fans on Saturday afternoon as the Newcastle fans continue to keep up their fantastic support.

And Benitez was keen to highlight the important role that the Geordies play in his side’s progress. The 56-year-old told in his press conference that he and his team “have a city behind” them.

Remaining with two-feet firmly on the ground

After five wins in a row and a 6-0 mauling of QPR, the Geordies wouldn’t be mistaken to have become slightly overconfident. However, Benitez is taking the role of keeping everyone calm.

The former Liverpool boss reminded everyone on how tricky the Championship is. Benitez continued to stress that the second tier is a “tough competition” and that the Magpies “have to be ready for the next game”. 

Shelvey scored a brace in United's previous win (Photo:
Shelvey scored a brace in United's previous win (Photo:

Benitez also added that Newcastle “are not better than anyone before the match”. He suggested that his players must work hard and not become complacent ahead of games so that they can be the better “team on the pitch”, “we have to be focused.”

Benitez on Wolves

Like every game, Benitez said that the Magpies must “respect the opponent.”

“Wolves are not a bad team” says Benitez. The Toon boss feels that his next opponents “are doing well” and “it will be a totally different game to what people are expecting.”

Zenga’s men fell to an embarrassing 4-0 defeat at home to high-flying Barnsley on Tuesday evening, which Benitez suggested that he expects a response from Wolves: Result - Barnsley “is something to forget”.