It was a defeat against Wolves we didn’t expect, but when you gift a visiting team at St. James’ Park with two goals, then we probably deserve to lose.
But that’s now two defeats in our first four home league games so that record must be improved – a crowd of over 52,000 at St. James’ Park is supposed to be a threat to the visiting side not to our own players.
Chancel Mbemba somehow made a decision to head the ball into his own net to break a spell of 525 minutes when we hadn’t conceded a goal, but we suppose all good things must come to an end.
Rafa Benitez on the touchline on Saturday – not happy
That own goal was after 29 minutes and then after 62 minutes Ayoze Perez hopelessly lost the ball just outside the penalty box and Helder Costa rifled the ball home from 20 yards out for a 2-0 win that was a shock to the system for Newcastle fans.
After the game Rafa Benitez said the players all have to stick together:
“When they are doing the things you tell them they cannot do, it’s a big disappointment,”
“Everyone was making mistakes – too many.” “You know these days will happen but you don’t expect too many.”
“Sometimes it can happen, so the main thing is to learn quickly from these things and try to put them right.”
“It’s a reminder for everyone that we have to stick together until the end because it will not be so easy.”
Mohamed Diame did not have a very good game and he struggled mightily during the game like a lot of other Newcastle players. who we thought would have been full of confidence after six successive wins – but they weren’t.
Mo Diame – had a poor game
This is what Mo said after the game:
“It was disappointing for me. We have a quality squad, there is a lot of competition for places so it is important to impress in every game.”
“But I will keep working and we will keep working. We’ll be fine.”
It’s not a certainty that we will be promoted next May so Rafa is right – we have to stick together and try to get back to the Premier League at the very first attempt.
A second season down below would be very difficult for Newcastle.