Rafa Benitez pulled no punches in his post game interview and he said he didn’t like a lot of the things Newcastle did today – in short he was extremely critical of Newcastle’s performance.
We lost our first game in 10 games with the other nine all being wins – but Newcastle seemed off-key today and Rafa made it clear he was unhappy with the performance this afternoon.
Rafa Benitez – disappointed with Newcastle’s performance today
This is what Rafa said after the game:
“It was very disappointing because I didn’t like the way we started the game.”
“And I didn’t like the way the game was being stopped all of the time with free-kicks and corners without giving us the advantage.”
“I didn’t like our reaction when we were losing.” “We must do better. I didn’t like the chances we didn’t take.”
“That’s what happens, we must look to the next game and make sure we don’t make the same mistakes.”
“I know that when you lose a game and change some players they will blame the manager.”
“But at the same time the way the game was going on we have to manage better and show some personality and then control the game in the way we have previously.”
“If you don’t perform at the level you have to perform you have to give credit to the opposition.” “But they had too many things in favor and it wasn’t the same for us.”
“I don’t want to make excuses, we were poor with a lot of things and we didn’t take our chances when we had them.”
“We allowed them to play the way they wanted to play.”
This should hopefully act as a wake-up call for the players and maybe too many of our players are starting to believe their own headlines.
Back to basics for this team starting at Hull City on Tuesday night, but we must get back to our winning ways on Friday night at Nottingham Forest.