Rafa – No Excuses – Here’s Where We Weren’t Good Enough

One of the many things we like about Rafa Benitez as a manager and as a person is he never gets too carried away in either direction after a win or a defeat.

And he never seems to use excuses at the end of a game.

To most Newcastle fans yesterday it felt like gut-wrencher when the final whistle blew with such a very late equalizer.

It was 2 points dropped and it feels just like last Sunday morning after we lost 2-0 to Wolves at home.


Rafa Benitez – we weren’t good enough in front of goal

Rafa has refused to use any excuses for the draw and simply says we weren’t good enough in front of goal.

This is some of what Rafa said after the game:

“We have players with experience in the Championship.” “The key for me is that we are consistent and keep working hard.”

“Today you could see a great team in the first half.” “They created a lot of chances in the first half and the final score means only that we didn’t take those chances.”

“We just weren’t good enough in front of goal.”

And that last line sums up where Newcastle fell short yesterday – we missed too many chances in the first half and one in the second when Mo Diame somehow shot wide of a gaping goal.

And our defending towards the end of the game wasn’t all it should have been, so maybe those are the messages Rafa will give to the team after a game in which we dropped a vital 2 points.

The lads have to learn from this and learn quickly.

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9 comments so far

  • sing in the corner

    Sep 25, 2016 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #1

    Nah man, I wouldn’t say I’m deliriously happy with a draw against Villa. But it’s just the way football goes. you need to have at least a little bit of perspective when you follow it.
    Your patter is starting to remind me of someone.
    Your not the former toonbrother are you?

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Sep 25, 2016 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #2

    Well Rafa, you had ample opportunity to recognise this in the second half and decided to stick with the same team.

    Diame was mostly poor and had a blinder miss. Gayle was isolated, Shelvey was spent with 20 min to go.

    We had players on bench to remedy that, you went with Tiote.
    There was no coming back from that really.

    Anyway need that surgical striker up front for sure. Come Jan I really do hope they will try and entice a big player there.

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Sep 25, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #3

    We are def a championship side no doubt about that.

    IF we do get promoted which will not be easy we would struggle in the PL for sure.

    I am not sure if anybody watched any of the PL big boys play. The passing the ball control and the speed and accuracy of counter football is really becoming frightening now.

    We would need another overhaul of our first team bar a few players.

    Anyway Wednesday we have to win and win well get us back on track. Its all about confidence.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 25, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #4

    Must admit I could not get my head around Colback being left out of the team (my MOM for Tuesday night) never mind not being on the bench – unless he was injured

    To have a good team I always think you need a strong spine/middle of the team
    Excellent goalkeeper, Centre Half/halves, central midfield player and Centre forward

    Yesterday sadly we lacked at both ends – Goalkeeper and Centre Forward

    Going to be tough Wednesday night but still think we can win!!!

    Went for draw yesterday and win Wed night – got the draw right but disappointed as we should of been outa sight by half time.

    If we go behind wed night – lets hope we see some fight/spirit as Villa showed yesterday – because up to new in games against Huddersfield, Fulham and Wolves – WE SADLY HAVE SHOWN LITTLE FIGHT/SPIRIT TO GET BACK IN THE GAME!!!!!!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 25, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #5

    agree – if we go up we are going to have to have a complete over-haul of the team – Ashley will have to dig deep – because the team we have at the moment we will come straight back down.

    The passing control speed of play, movement of most teams will leave our pedantic sideways football chasing shadows and many a heavy defeat.

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 25, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #6

    Gorgon u can’t criticise Rafa here.! Seriously I think he is making clear mistakes. Sels. Tiote (why not colback?), not energising the team and sitting back most of second half. Delighted with many aspects of Rafa, eg communication, but that team is capable of far more in attack. Agree Gorgon if we go up. 6 top players needed but despite all our good players we are still not good enough to be in top 2 right now. I have no doubt that if we were 2-1 yesterday with 5 mins left we would have scored because we would have attacked more. We are about 20-30% off where we can be as an attacking force IMO.

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 25, 2016 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #7

    Ie if we were 2-1 down.


    Sep 25, 2016 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #8

    i thought diame was decent in first half apart from his finishing,he was chasing villa players down,pressing,pinching the ball and breaking well but he was absolutely knackered and out the game by 65-70 mins no doubt had colback been available he would of been on to stiffen up the midfield…not sure what to make of gayle tbh,would like to see mitro give a performance of note to at least show he has it in him,i do realise he’s a few weeks behind in sharpness compared to the rest of the lads but,need to see something from him…i want him to be a success here but still to be convinced….on to the next game.

  • ArtyH

    Sep 25, 2016 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #9

    TBH I actually thought Tiote was a good call at the time, to break up the play as they were getting a foothold. Diame or should that be Dearme looked all over the place and a good replica of Sissoko. Out of sorts again and nearly lost it at the end. Would have liked to see the two big bruisers up front to give them something to think about. Will be interesting to see the team sheet for the next game.


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