Martin Olsson scored Norwich’s third goal in stoppage time after it looked like Newcastle had salvaged a draw by coming back to level terms twice in the second half through substitute striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.
But that gives Norwich a 3 points gain on the Magpies and they are now 6 points ahead of us in what has turned out to be yet another disastrous season for a quickly deteriorating Newcastle club.
There’s not too much Rafa Benitez could say at the end of the game other than we have to start winning some games very quickly – but our next game is also on the road next Saturday at Southampton and we have lost 13 of our 16 road games this season.
Rafa Benitez on the sidelines at Norwich – a painful defeat
This is what Rafa said at the end of the game:
“It’s really painful,” “We cannot change things. The only thing we can take as a positive is the reaction of the team, but we have to do it also in the first half.”
“We didn’t play well in the first half. We didn’t play as I was expecting.” “If we can fight and play like we played in the second half, yes – we can still survive.”
“We have to try to keep this level for 90 minutes in the next game and for the next seven games.” “We have seven games to play and we have to start winning as soon as possible.”
Newcastle were poor in the first half for the third game running under Rafa – and we again conceded a first half goal to go 1-0 behind at half time.
But we came back strongly in the second half, but it wasn’t enough and it was simply another devastating loss that will probably see Newcastle become a Championship club next season for the second time in seven years.
And it’s another terrible season under Mike Ashley, who should think about selling the club in the summer – unless he wakes up and puts some top people in charge of running the club for him.
The Newcastle Board this season have been completely and utterly incompetent – and that’s being kind.
In short – they don’t know what they are doing.