This was always going to be banana type of game today and there was a lot written about it before today’s game that after the fantastic win there could be a let-down.
Back in 1992 Kevin Keegan went 11 successive wins in the then League One (England second division) with the last win being a 2-1 victory at Sunderland and the next game was at home to lowly Grimbsby Town – and we lost that game 1-0 and that broke the 11 game winning streak.
It seems like today our players were nowhere near their top form and certainly put in a very poor performance compared to what they did at Loftus Road on Tuesday night.
You talk about inconsistency!
Rafa Benitez – not happy at all with the performance
But we cannot have too many of these let-downs this season where we basically gift the game to the opposition and certainly not at St. James’ Park in front of over 52,000 fans – that’s not good at all.
Rafa was asked if he thought his players had allowed themselves to be carried away by Tuesday’s massive win – this is how he answered that:
“No, I don’t think so because we were talking about that the day after, we were talking about that the day before, we were talking about that today, so they knew how important it was to be concentrated and then do the right things.”
“But it’s more about the decisions.” “The football decisions were wrong and then we put ourselves under pressure.”
“It’s a bad day, but we have to analyze what was wrong and try to change it.” “It’s not that you have to forget – you have to forget, but try to understand why and try to correct things as soon as possible.”
“You have to change players, but we did it before and we were winning. Today it was just doing from the beginning a lot of things wrong, that’s it.”
“The good thing when you have another game soon is that you can try to do things in the same way that you were doing before.” “This is the league, the next one will be the cup competition.”
“We are not very happy now and we have to concentrate on the next game and try to do things in the same way that we did before.”
“You have to change players, but we did it before and we were winning.” “Today it was just doing from the beginning a lot of things wrong, that’s it.”
Our players must recover from this and quickly too – and get a grip on things.
These things happen in football, but it’s the way you react to the adversity that separates the men from the boys.
We had too many of these painful results last season, so we don’t want too many of them this term.