Davide Santon has apologized for his critical mistake in Lisbon on Thursday night, after Newcastle had held the strong Benfica side well for the first 65 minutes of the game – and then a lackadaisical back pass from the Italian gifted Benfica a vital goal.
A despondent Davide Santon at the final whistle on Thursday
And just five minutes later Steven Taylor gifted the Portuguese side another goal, when he handled the ball in the penalty box, and we were suddenly 3-1 down.
But Davide Santon has admitted his error, and is keen to help Newcastle survive in the Premier League:
“The Europa League is important, but the Premier League is even more important.” “We have to make sure against Fulham, and then against Sunderland next weekend, two games at home, we win them both.”
“We need to make sure we save our season and that we stay in the Premier League.” “But on Thursday [in the return against Benfica] we are not giving up on the Europa League either.”
“We had a lot of chances against Benfica, so it is even more frustrating that we conceded goals like we did.” “I am feeling angry with myself. I think I had a good game but that pass was a disaster.”
“When I passed the ball, I had Yanga-Mbiwa near me, so I couldn’t see the striker.” “It was really annoying. When I got in the dressing room I said sorry to everybody – to all the players because it was my fault.”
“Now we have to forget this game. I have to forget my mistake and think about Sunday, next week and score two against Benfica.”
This youngster will not go far wrong when he displays the courage of admitting to his mistake, and apologizing openly to his team mates.
Davide’s a good lad and mistakes happen in football – in life – and he has to learn from that mistake he made in Lisbon and move on.
We need to get all three points against Fulham on Sunday, and they will be without three or four of their best players on Sunday.
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