Rafa Benitez had said after the 6-0 mauling of QPR on Tuesday night in west London that Newcastle still had a lot of room to improve.
Newcastle players proved Rafa right on Saturday afternoon with a poor and insipid performance that was easily our worst of the season.
We lost our 3rd game this season in only eight league games – and that was our second loss at home in only four league games at St. James’ Park this season.
The Newcastle side is still a new one, so we suppose there will be games like this, but if there are too many of these insipid performances it will mean we will not achieve promotion this season.
Rafa Benitez – mistakes, mistakes and more mistakes
It’s a dangerous game Newcastle players are playing when they allow themselves to play so badly against sides we should be beating at home.
That’s what’s so worrying about this terrible performance in front of a sold-out 52,000 faithful fans at St. James’ Park.
The crowd is supposed to be a threat to the opposition, not to our own players.
A stupid own goal from Chancel Mbemba in the first half and Ayoze Perez kindly giving the ball away just outside of the Newcastle penalty area in the second half from which Helder Costa scored was enough to give Wolves an easy 2-0 win.
A very disappointed Benitez had this to say after Saturday’s horror show:
“In English it’s very difficult for me to express, but I’m really, really disappointed because we are working hard on trying to do the right things and when you see the team play so well in west London.”
“They work hard in training so to come here and start making mistakes from the beginning, and do the things you tell them they cannot, it’s a big disappointment.”
“On Saturday everyone was making mistakes. Too many.”
“We have analysed some games here before and we know our team – our strengths and weaknesses.”
“You are expecting that every week we will be improving little things and that the team will be stronger and stronger.”
“When I said the other day there was plenty of room for improvement I think some people were surprised, but you can see now we have to improve.”
“We have players with experience in the Championship and a lot of players have been asking me about the Championship, two games a week, they know it’s like this.”
“It’s just an issue that our football decisions have to be right and we were making mistakes from the beginning.”
“We were really too square at times, then we scored an own goal, it was unbelievable. We were not playing at the level we are used to playing.”
“The second half we started a bit better but after that we made a lot of mistakes.” “We made our own mistakes, our own problems.”
“You know days like this 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.”
“You know your players,” “In different types of games you have to see the reaction of different players.”
“You are learning every week about different players and you have to make your team selection after that.”
This game reminded us too much of the incompetent displays we had too many times last season under the hopeless Steve McClaren.
We are hoping for a vast improvement on Tuesday night in the 3rd round of the EFL Cup – another defeat against Wolves at home would be very hard to take.