Benetiz Says The Obvious Following Another Painful Defeat

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.


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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.

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6 comments so far

  • runheed

    Apr 3, 2016 at 2:28 AM

    Comment #1

    Too depressed to comment…

  • Magpie Season

    Apr 3, 2016 at 2:42 AM

    Comment #2

    Can’t remember the last time the best player polls were so high just for one player. Tells you something right there.

  • Toonacious T

    Apr 3, 2016 at 2:55 AM

    Comment #3

    Goodnight. We are down.
    Janmaat at fault for one of our goals yet again. Still don’t see what it is he is supposed to be good at. Lascelles might have headed their free kick clear if he had of been selected but for many years now the general standard of quality and the character of most of the players in our squad has been mediocre to poor. Ashley likes to gamble but he had the wrong people laying his bets for him and they spent all our chips on the wrong players. Ashley may not sell up or sell to an owner even worse than himself! Beyond depressed with supporting this club. Tragic.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Apr 3, 2016 at 3:02 AM

    Comment #4

    Yeah. Really poor decision to start Cisse over Mitrovic. Rafa has to take a fair share of the blame for this one, he got the team selection wrong and it played out as expected. A bad day at the office all round for him today.

  • Malta Mag

    Apr 3, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #5

    You can’t believe a team with so many international players can find themselves in this position? It’s gone beyond frustrating but the level of passion which some of our players show is embarrassing. Mitrovich may not be everyone’s favorite player but I’d hold on to him at all costs simply because you can see he hurts like us when we lose. Can’t see us getting out of this one I’m afraid. Yesterday was the last chance saloon!!

  • Sav

    Apr 3, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #6

    Townsend was strolling and equally at fault for their 2nd goal. Janmaat was marking up.


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