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Benitez Unhappy With Too Many Mistakes – Self-Inflicted Defeat

6:34 pm, Saturday, September 17th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 39 Comments

Rafa Benitez was unhappy with the Newcastle performance this afternoon which was a shock 2-0 win against Wolves that broke our six game winning streak.

But Rafa said Newcastle made far too many mistakes in this game and were making wrong decisions throughout that basically cost us this game.


Rafa Benitez – at St. James’ Park today – too many errors

This is what Rafa said after the game:

“I didn’t expect to start the game as we started.”  “We started the game making mistakes.” “The own goal was worse as it was when we had more control.”

“It gave them the opportunity to believe and keep working hard.”  “The second goal was the same. It was another mistake.”

“They were organized and worked hard.”  “We were making the wrong decisions.” “Our football decisions were wrong and we put ourselves under pressure.”

It was not a good way to end such a positive run – and it seems that we basically gave the game away to Wolves – and that’s not good in such a very important season for us.

We go against Wolves again at home on Tuesday night in the 3rd round of the EFL Cup – and a much better performance is expected – whether it will be delivered we don’t know.

The Newcastle bubble has been well and truly bust today with a lethargic performance – at home too – which make it even harder to take.

But there were warning s this kind of thing could happen after the fabulous 6-0 rout of QPR on Tuesday night – our players must become a lot more professional and quickly too.

But it’s only one game and our players simply have to learn from their mistakes after this lethargic display.

Rafa will have learned some about his players today, with their poor performance and other players will get their chance on Tuesday night.

It’s very disappointing.

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  • 1 Markaccus // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:39 PM

    Rafa is arrogant, now? Ok. That just about takes the biscuit. If you include the cup game,we have won 6 in a row. We have a port game, and suddenly all hell breaks loose and the drama starts. If we lose the next 2 games, THEN panic. Bearing in mind, we were lucky to have ine GOOD game in seven last season. I wonder about some of you, sometimes.

  • 2 Markaccus // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:39 PM


  • 3 WWSBRD // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:40 PM

    WWSBRD // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:14 PM

    What has that got to do with ur argument here?

    Who should be captain?

  • 4 WWSBRD // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:40 PM

    I will try and get us an answer mate

  • 5 firebug666 // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:42 PM


    Yep! Good luck with that! lmao

  • 6 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:44 PM

    Sorry RAFA you got it wrong today – arrogance got to him maybe whatever team I send out we will win
    Team – arrogance – Oh we will just turn up 3pts in the bag
    Supporters – arrogance – couple of beers wander up to the ground – easy there points

    Sorry a FUC*IN’ big reality check

    Second best from minute 1 to minute 96
    Cannot go into games in the championship with two midgets up front and lump the ball up to them


    missed Goufran today

    Anyway my merit marks

    Sels 3 – useless got lucky with block first half – like Dracula hates crosses – the physical side left far two big a space to his right for the second goal
    Dummett – 2 – got skinned time and time again – passing abject
    Mbemba – 1 – worst display in a TOON shirt
    Lascalles -5 – pick of our defenders
    Anita – 4 – did OK frustration got to him – rash tackle for sending of
    Ritchie-7 – Our best player but had to be taken off before sent off
    Shelvey – 2 -lazy thoughts of best player in the Championship got to him – needs to give his head a shake.
    Diame – 2 – headless chicken day – got the ball to many times then passed to the Wolves
    Hayden – 3 Shadow of the past games for the TOON
    Gayle – 2 – did nowt – ran around and whinged when tackled
    Perez – 2 ditto but give the ball away for second goal – mind you nobody came wanted the ball off him

    Supporters – 3 – sang at start but heeds went down – looked a lot of strangers there for the good times around me – out sung most of the match by Wolves supporters

    Rafa – 4 – did not think much of his team selection – would of played Goufran and Mitrovich from the start
    Goufran for his not stop running tackling
    Mitrovich for his presence – first half put cross after cross in but no good if you have midgets up front.
    Also did not understand his substitutions except for Ritchie.

    We do not pass and move quick enough to play two small players up front.


    a BIG wake up call

    Maybe not Arrogance don’t know hype – just got it wrong
    If it had been McLaren Pardew or Carver we would be shouting for their heads – It was as bad as if not worse than the a lot of displays I saw under their stewardship

    No I am not shouting for his head but we cannot afford any/many more performances like that!!!!!!!!!

  • 7 welshgeordie9 // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:44 PM

    Well said Ed it’s only one game, i just knew it that as soon as we lose a match the moaners will be out in force.

  • 8 Ron Knee // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:44 PM


    Rafa comes across as very level-headed. As you say, we can criticise his team selection but we can’t accuse him of arrogance.

  • 9 WWSBRD // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:46 PM

    I also want to know why Lascelles being dropped earlier adds weight to his age affecting the result today…maybe am being crass again though

  • 10 welshgeordie9 // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:47 PM


    Games like this happens, you right they were better than us from the 1st minute to the last minute but we was like that against Qpr, not going to be like that every match.

  • 11 Small World // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:48 PM

    Only players that came out with any credit today were

    1) Ritchie – Not his best game, but our only out ball and unluckily pulled to prevent being sent off
    2) Anita – looked mostly neat and tidy and unfairly sent off
    3) Shelvey -as poor as he played he actually offered himself up and kept trying. (played a stinker though)

    I guess the most remarkable aspect of the game was that although Wolves closed down in most places (hats off to their centre halves), they offered the freedom of the centre to Shelvey and Hayden who couldn’t pick a pass between them.

    All in all a shocking performance, including the subs. Wolves looked to be a bunch or no marks. We looked totally inept.

    No need to panic over this, there are often bad days at he office. Rafa can make 6 or 7 changes for Tuesday and tell the guys the shirt is there’s if they can impress.

  • 12 Small World // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:49 PM


  • 13 Markaccus // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:49 PM

    The team that played today was 2 players different to the one that went to derby and won. Perez and Hayden played instead of goofy and colback. I cant see how this is such a bad decision by the manager. He has a right to expect those players to carry on their form. He cant plan for every single one of them throwing in a conplete cluster fcuk of a showing. It happens occasionally to EVERY team.
    Just calm down. It’s one game.

  • 14 welshgeordie9 // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    Rafa is not going to get it right all the time in this league, he’s doing an awesome job so far to try and judge all the teams in this league, how many of them has he been up against in the past not many i don’t think.

  • 15 welshgeordie9 // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:53 PM

    One thing I do agree with though with someone on here who said it earlier on, Perez should be in the middle of the three and not on the left.

  • 16 Markaccus // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:54 PM


    One thing we can expect from rafa is that he will pick a team that he believes can win each game. The team he picked today, on paper, should have dominated. They fe?l short. Over reaction on here is inevitable, unfortunately

  • 17 Toon Tang // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:56 PM

    Paul from previous post – hahaahaa

    #zyklonlivesmatter indeed mate. Unless of course they’re coming over here stealing our bastard fossil fuels and nugget pillows.

    Then its kill or be killed mate and I know which one I’m choosing haha

  • 18 NUFCPaul // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:57 PM

    Charlie – of course Rafa sends his team out every week expecting them to win, it’s called confidence. Do you think he’s going to send them out expecting them to lose or draw?

    And he’s changing the team every week because it’s a bloody long season with games coming thick and fast. Rotation is essential. Our players will burn out fast and end up with injuries if he doesn’t look ahead and rest them. Isn’t that obvious?

  • 19 welshgeordie9 // Sep 17, 2016 at 7:00 PM


    That’s the trouble on here mate, one defeat and its the end of the world, they want to count themselves lucky and not be a villa fan, they haven’t won any of their last six games.

  • 20 magicmac // Sep 17, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    Most Newcastle fans are simply fantastic and loyal fans, but there are a few, you know who your are, that just wait for a bad performance and a defeat, any chance to start bloody moaning, Victor Meldrew would not have a look in with some of these losers. We were on a very good run of form, as Rafa keeps saying, its good to keep calm, not get to carried away when we win, and not get to carried away when we lose. For newcastle it was just a bad day at the office, no team is going to walk away with this league, there are a lot of games to play in the championship, i always believe cream comes to the top, for that reason iam confident Newcastle will be back in the premier league next year. HWTL.

  • 21 firebug666 // Sep 17, 2016 at 7:06 PM


    Crass? When he call you that all that came to mind was kettle; pot!

    Charlie in the Gallowgate was at the match and he recons Lascelles was our best player today.

    My guess is the captain was let down by the likes of Mbemba, and I remember one commentator saying that Lascelles had actually got back and covered for another of the Mbemba mistakes today.

    Surprising really as you know he is so young!!!!

  • 22 welshgeordie9 // Sep 17, 2016 at 7:06 PM


    Well said, another one with common sense.

  • 23 NUFCPaul // Sep 17, 2016 at 7:11 PM

    magicmac – a bit of common sense, nice to see. I think there’s more people on here like you, and the sad sacks are thankfully in the minority.

  • 24 firebug666 // Sep 17, 2016 at 7:14 PM

    Is it not the purpose of the blog that fans react to the games and whatever is going on at NUFC?

    Maybe you do get some so called whingers, some angry fans, some negative fans, but that’s what a blog is, it takes all sorts, but through discussion and debate we get to talk to these fans, challenge their opinions whist at the same time having our challenged.

    Now come on, instead of name calling or slagging each other off, just simply challenge those opinions.

    Just common sense.

  • 25 ilovetoon8788 // Sep 17, 2016 at 7:15 PM

    This rotation policy is a double edge sword.
    We will keep our players injury free. Downside is we won’t have any consistency.

    So which will you guys choose?

  • 26 WWSBRD // Sep 17, 2016 at 7:16 PM

    Haha yeah my thoughts exactly considering where the conversation started but hey ho

    Yeah judging by what I heard Mbemba had a torrid time and everything he did went to crap but Lascelles worked hard to help him through and covered as best he was able but am still waiting to hear Jibs reply

  • 27 firebug666 // Sep 17, 2016 at 7:18 PM


    I think there is room for both mate, with a heavy fixture list rotation is a good thing as it keeps players fresh, but the squad (not team) need to gel more so that incoming players slip seamlessly into the side.

    It’s a tough league and Rafa and the lads won’t always get it right, but I hope they do more often than not.

  • 28 Spotlight Kid // Sep 17, 2016 at 7:20 PM

    Sparky55 (previous) In answer to your question:

    At this point of the season under CH:
    P8. W6. D1. L1. pts: 19

    More importantly the average points return was 2.38. At the ed of the season the points average was 2.22 – with only 4 games lost (all away) and 30 games won. We have already lost 3 this season, with a points average of 1.88.

    Without a points return of 2.1 or more automatic promotion cannot be guaranteed. It is a long grinding marathon of 46 games where winning needs to be a habit and ‘not losing’ should be an automatic instinct. This team does not (so far) have that character.

  • 29 firebug666 // Sep 17, 2016 at 7:21 PM


    Aye we might be waiting a while like, but for me we need Lascelles, he is the captain after all, and he will always give his best for the club.

  • 30 welshgeordie9 // Sep 17, 2016 at 7:27 PM


    Yes you are right it’s all about opinions but when you get comments like for example, Shelvey was man of the match, he’s our best player in one game to Shelvey was crap, our worst player, get rid of him in the next game that’s when an opinion turns in to complete talking rubbish.

  • 31 firebug666 // Sep 17, 2016 at 7:31 PM


    Like I said though you get these extreme views, your response could also be deemed extreme by claiming the posters is talking rubbish, maybe if you challenged his opinion and debated it ( Instead of just deeming it as rubbish) you could find out why he feels that way and maybe even change his opinion, or have you opinion changed by him. Swings and roundabouts Welshie!

  • 32 WWSBRD // Sep 17, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    Certainly looks like we aren’t gonna get an answer anytime soon

    I agree on Lascelles though he’s not undroppable as proven earlier this season but he took it in his stride and worked harder exactly as he should

  • 33 welshgeordie9 // Sep 17, 2016 at 7:47 PM

    When one person says one thing one time and says the complete opposite next time then that’s not an opinion that’s talking crap, end of.

  • 34 Jib // Sep 17, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    Firebug and all the ww’s

    My fault !

    I thought you were both more thoughtful posters.

    Instead you are from the snidey Jail and Tuff school of thought.

    I never commented on Lascelles performance today – I commented on what a captain is supposed to give any team – leadership.

    There was so much lack of leadership on the pitch today it wasn’t funny !

    A captain is supposed to lead !

    You were quick enough to criticise Colo for it !

    I was using Lascelles only being 22 to find an excuse for him.

    A word in Ritchies ear to chill a bit .

    A piercing look at Perez to up his game .

    A bollocking for Diamé for his pitiful contribution.

    None of this would have gone amiss.

    Stuff a captain should be doing.

  • 35 firebug666 // Sep 17, 2016 at 7:53 PM


    There you go you just made my case for me. It’s far easier for you to just say the poster is talking rubbish or crap than it is to construct an argument and debate the issue.

    At least there is one positive, you have restored my faith in human nature marra, nothing changes with you does it.

  • 36 firebug666 // Sep 17, 2016 at 7:57 PM


    May I just say that like you I never watched the match so I cannot comment on what Lascelles did or did not say to players, or if he gave Perez a piercing look or not.

    I wish I could be psychic like you and have such a vast insight into what he did and did not do, but alas I shall have to rely on radio commentary.

  • 37 James RS // Sep 17, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    Why does he keep persisting with that goalkeeper Sels he’ll have to be found lacking some more before he drops him I guess. his positioning is poor, flaps at crosses and punches and can’t hold a ball or even save well; we need Elliot back asap or Darlow or Krul for next season. Sels should have been rotated at least like the others.

  • 38 chubtree // Sep 17, 2016 at 9:22 PM

    I think the poll is not a million miles away. Ritchie was our best player before he went off and and Anita was my man of the match for us although to be honest none of the team had a good game. They all had a bad day at the office. So many passes not reaching the intended player, movement was poor and as bad as we’re likely to play all season. Was chatting to a wolves fan as I walked back to the car and he agreed that we were the poorer of two poor sides today. Don’t know how mbemba managed to put that in his own net but they’d had a decent chance before that and it was a fair score at half time. We play like that against villa and Norwich and we won’t be taking many if any points. I trust Rafas judgement but Perez is no left winger, atsu or gouffran would have been much better options. That said we were that poor all over the pitch I don’t think it really mattered who played today. I want to see Anita’s red card again I thought it looked harsh from where I was but could be wrong.

  • 39 dannitoon // Sep 18, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    Ya need to stop comparing and going on about CH record of 2008… its a totally different league.. clubs have spent more money and have better squads.. just look at the level of management in it now compared to then….we will win this league and probably quite comfortably.. but it wont be won by christmas….bloody booing is rediculous… ..

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