Rafa Benitez was balanced and upbeat with his comments after the game today and he said he saw a lot of good things, especially in the first half, but some good things in the second half too.
Benitez said he didn’t want to say negative things about what happened in the second half – but it was a pre-season game – and he hopes the mistakes will not happen when the real season starts.
Rafa Benitez on the front of the program today
Well, that’s on Friday at Fulham and fans will take what they want from this game – there were plenty of good things in the second half too – but two poor goals conceded from set pieces.
This is what a down to earth and relaxed Newcastle manager said after the game today:
“I was really pleased with the first half and pleased with some of the chances that we created.” “I was a little disappointed with the two goals we conceded but in pre-season you have to adjust things.”
“You have to change players, systems and teams around and the mistakes we did make, I hope we won’t concede when the real season starts.”
“I was really pleased with the goals we scored and the way we played.”
“I think the team was doing well and Gayle and Ritchie have quality too.” “We have seen a lot of good things – even in the second half.”
“I don’t want to say negative things about the second half.”
“I just think that they were 3-0 down and they would keep pushing and pushing. That’s the reason why it was harder.”
“We still had other good chances and I think both teams did well. There were mistakes but we can change them in time.”
Rafa seems pleased with the game today and of course as the season progresses – as Rafa did when he came in for those last 10 games in charge – the actual league games will assist him in getting the lads to play well together.
But we’d love to start the season with a win at Fulham on Friday night – in 2009 we drew 1-1 at West Brom in our first game and had to come from 1-0 behind at half time.
For those Newcastle fans in the US, beIN Sports will televise at least one game in the Championship every weekend and Fulham vs Newcastle is live on Friday night.
Here’s how pre-season ended up.
|Club||Location||Date and Kickoff||Result|
|Bohemian||Dalymount Park||Saturday, 16th July|
|Doncaster Rovers||Keepmoat Stadium||Wednesday, 20th July|
|KSC Lokeren||Daknamstadion||Saturday, 23rd July|
|Southend United||Roots Hall||Tuesday, 26th July|
|SBV Vitesse||St. James Park||Saturday, 30th July|
Howay The Lads!!