Benitez Makes Frank Admission About Newcastle’s Display

Aleksandar Mitrovic’ great headed goal on 83 minutes could be a really vital goal for us since it stopped Sunderland gaining 3 points on Newcastle today.

We again conceded a poor goal in the first half and in the second half we pressed forward – much like we did at Leicester – but this time we finally scored and with just a little bit of luck could have possibly got the winner, but Sunderland saw time out with a little bit of time wasting.

Maybe a draw was a fair enough result and we thought Sunderland played well in this game.


Aleksandar Mitrovic after scoring extremely vital goal

Rafa Benitez will now know there’s still lots of work to do if Newcastle are to be saved from relegation, but we showed good organization and fought all the way in that second half.

Here’s the current league table at the bottom after today’s games.

Crystal Palace38-1242
19 Norwich38-2834
20Aston Villa38-4917

It was suggested that when you look at the above table, it’s  a little bit scary for Newcastle.

This is how Rafa responded to that:

“It was scary before.”   “I am here because I have to give the team confidence and we have to improve things. Again I will say at Leicester, you could see a lot of good things; still not enough.”

“Today in the second half, a lot of good things; not enough.” “We have eight games to play and we know they will be incredibly difficult. We know it will be difficult, for sure. I knew before.”

“We are creating chances, we are attacking and we can be there, so we have to improve this part of the game and create more chances and Aleksandar Mitrovic or Papiss Cisse or the other strikers will score more goals and we will be fine.”

“But I can maybe say that we will have to fight until the last game and the last minute, so we have to do it.”

“I said before that Mitrovic has the potential. We have to help him a little bit with better crosses, better deliveries and support and get closer to him, but he will score goals if we can do that.”

Rafa’s right and it’s still not good enough but we are getting there.

There were a lot of positives in that second half display today – no doubt about that – we looked a decent team but still find it difficult to score.

The big question is whether Rafa can get Newcastle playing well enough before the games run out this season?

That’s the big question with eight games to go.

If we had say 15 games to play it wouldn’t be a problem.

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