Benitez Frustrated And Disappointed With Poor Performance

Rafa Benitez had some harsh words to say after the game about his team yesterday who did not play well and were nowhere near their best.

Newcastle suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at the hands of 3rd bottom Blackburn, who recorded only their 5th win of the season and climbed out of the relegation zone.

This was not the type of result or performance we have come to expect from the Newcastle side this season and it was a wake-up call for the players, the manager and the fans after 9 wins in a row.

To say it was hugely disappointing would be an under-statement.


Rafa Benitez – on the touchline yesterday

In his comments after the game Rafa inferred the players brought in did not take their chance.

He could not control his disappointment and frustration after the game when he was asked if he had made 6 changes to the side because of the upcoming League Cup quarter-final tie away on Tuesday night at Hull City:

“No, some of them we have to make and some of them we have to give them an opportunity to perform.”

“They have done well before when we have changed players and that was the idea. We have to be sure they can be on the pitch competing and showing in other games.”

“We didn’t start well and the way that the game was going was not easy for us. We didn’t manage it properly.”

“If it is a foul and you have the ball, normally you carry on.”

“Blackburn were pumping the ball into the box, then it was 50-50s, second balls then three corners and then we conceded.”

“If you have the ball and are fouled, why do you have to stop and give a free-kick? If you have the ball why not play the advantage?”

“They were also wasting time. I couldn’t understand the decisions.”

“But I won’t blame that because I don’t want to make excuses. We have to manage situations like this better.”

“I was disappointed with my team too, but I didn’t like the way the game was going on because it wasn’t in control.”

“It was just stop, free-kick, stop, free-kick, stop, corner, stop, throw-in – and you can’t play football.”

“I think we have to take the positives. We were so good for so many games and that has to be the way to go forward.”

“We have to analyse quickly what we did wrong and be ready for the next game in three days. ” “That is a positive thing.”

“I wanted more control against Blackburn so we have to show more character and personality to manage the situation.”

As you can see Rafa believed referee David Coote didn’t help things by blowing up for fouls against Newcastle when we had the advantage – good referees let the play continue.

But we’ve also noticed the officiating in the second tier is below the standard of the Premier League by quite a bit.

But that’s making excuses.

We lost the game because the team did not play well enough and it’s something Rafa needs to get sorted out – and he’s admitted as much in his comments.

A blip is fine and it happens during any season – we cannot win every game.

But we also cannot let this impact our league performances – we are at Nottingham Forest on Friday night and we need to get back to our winning ways in that game.

But that’s going to be a difficult game.

We have to remember the league is the most important thing this season – we simply must get promoted back to the Premier League.

I just looked at the Mirror online – no mention of Newcastle United anywhere!

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12 comments so far

  • shakerxxoo

    Nov 27, 2016 at 6:28 AM

    Comment #1

    If those players knew what they had to do we
    would’ve won the game , They are not kids Rafa !!!
    Don’t treat these Knobs like kids , Professional footballers earning HUGE wages …
    so when you have a full stadium you should do everything in your power to NOT fail in your approach to win the game and if you don’t you have to at least dominate …
    Blakburn didn’t just beat us , they mugged us

    Deep inside Rafa knows that half of our team is not good enough for the prem …
    For example i wouldn’t mind selling Perez in January at all
    so inept , losing the ball , missing passes and so lightweight ..

  • U.S Magpie

    Nov 27, 2016 at 6:56 AM

    Comment #2

    Have to say I agree with Shaker, yes Perez on a good day looks good but only good. But honestly if Arma is not good enough to play in the Championship then Perez 100% is 100% not good enough. He has more bad games than good and I also said last year he loses the ball to much and looks clumsy as hell and talk about light weight, get pushed of the ball way to much and his passes lets be honest are not of a pro standard. I do hope like Andy Carrol some idiot manager try’s to get him in Jan for the prem and we get rid. Ok but its not just Perez, Mitro is called a fan favorite, sorry which fan? Another player that looks like a waste of time, now Gayle to me is a fan favorite. Lets get another Gayle for the forward line and Rafa, lets stop experimenting to much eh, lets get this shite fixed for next weeks important games.

  • expatmag

    Nov 27, 2016 at 6:59 AM

    Comment #3

    Simple answer to this defeat was TOO many changes to a winning team and the captains absence was crucial.

    Stop the tinkering Rafa and dont change a winning team unless you need to.

  • hibbit

    Nov 27, 2016 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #4

    not sure people who weren’t at the game are taking on board just how bad we were !!!

  • Mag52

    Nov 27, 2016 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #5


    If the Palace fans do start a that is entirely their prerogative and, to an extent is understandable, although it is clear that the players are still playing for him.
    What was not understandable, and for which I will continue to disagree with you, is that the campaign here was directed at the wrong person, instead of at the guy who had run the club in the wrong way with a series of different managers, and that the campaign here only served to direct the flack away from the fat clown who was running the show.
    The situation at Palace is completely different.

  • DubaiMicky

    Nov 27, 2016 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #6

    he also blamed himself for not picking the right team.

    Mark of a true man.

  • Jib

    Nov 27, 2016 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #7

    David Coote has presided over a hell of a lot of away wins in the Championship !

  • DubaiMicky

    Nov 27, 2016 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #8

    Whoever owns the “” website, should give access to it to the palace Fans, then when Pards gets another job and is roasted by the fans of his next club, it could be passed to them.

    What a giggle that would be.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 27, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #9

    After yesterday’s debacle RAFA must of learned a lot about his squad.
    Me – we cannot put out a team without at least one the dirty boys in midfield – Colback or Goufran and maybe put Anita in there
    Also a ‘proper’ defender in Dummett
    The above four like to get stuck in and do the spade/dirty work for Shelvey.
    Also Shelvey is not a captain – missed the organisation, shouting and cajoling of Lascalles – might not be the best player but is the best captain we have.

  • dcdick

    Nov 27, 2016 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #10

    The team that was picked yesterday should have won comfortably.
    People complain about the changes but they train together every day so they should be able to play together
    I think some money needs to be spent in January to make sure we get promoted.

    Now what excuse do the players have for not crawling off that pitch knackered after having ran themselves into the ground for 90 mins trying for a win.

    Bad days/good days yes…….but not trying hard enough !! ………. training may be interesting on Monday.


  • Spotlight Kid

    Nov 27, 2016 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #11

    Harsh truth of the matter is Rafa disrespected the opposition, and got rightly punished for it. He put the EFL Cup ahead of promotion, took a punt and lost. There are no easy games in the Championship, this is not European football. Those were 3 big easy winnable points unnecessarily dropped, and such are the margins in this league this could prove important come May. I’m sure Derby, Leeds, Reading and Villa are suitably encouraged.

  • giimps

    Nov 27, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #12

    The main thing which was missing yesterday was movement, until Gayle came on it seemed as if we had dropped to blackburns level (not just backburns level but hoofball teams in general)
    We were launching the ball up to Mitro who was in the middle of 3 defenders ,he wouldnt/ couldnt move ,wasnt making runs off the ball, neither was atsu or Ritchie, i like all these players but it seemed as if the y didnt know what to do when played together.
    As soon as Gayle came on he was harrying, cajoling ,making darting runs, closing down and generally making things happen, pulling defenders away for space through the middle.
    Mitro may be a favourite because of his passion but he needs game intelligence , he needs to learn to move off the ball, to keep the CB guessing where hes going to be and what hes going to do.
    We were lost yesterday, IMHO, too many changes and no leaders on the pitch.
    My only hope is that we can win vs Hull on Tuesday so it was a partially acceptable loss vs a team we wont be chellenging with for promotion.


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