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.