Rafa Benitez – Newcastle Team Still Learning

The game on Saturday could have gone either way in the second half and just as Newcastle seemed to be coming to life it was Charlie Mulgrew who scored after 75 minutes to give Blackburn Rovers an unlikely 1-0 win at St James’s Park.

The game was all too similar to the last time we lost – again at St. James’ Park – by a score of 2-0 on September 17th to Wolves.

In that game we did not play well either and expected to win – but lost.

We can hardly say St. James’ Park is a fortress these days and we have done better on the road this season.


Rafa Benitez on the touchline on Saturday

Newcastle went exactly 10 weeks without losing and we won our last nine games.

But that’s all over now (as the Rolling Stones would say) and we start all over again against Hull tomorrow night in the 5th round of the League Cup.

Rafa gave a number of interviews after the game on Saturday and he says he still doesn’t look at the Championship table, but simply wants to take each game as it comes and then try to win it:

“To be fair, I was not looking at the table before, and I will not worry about that now,”

“We have to concentrate on one game at a time, then we will see after some months where we are in the table.”

“But, at the moment, we are fine. We have to keep doing the same things we were doing before – but not what we did against Blackburn.”

“I told them that we have to analyse these things,” “They have to show the character and to understand how you can get through a game like that, which is something we have to learn.”

“Everyone is a little bit down after a defeat. I am the first one who is not very happy, but I was expecting a difficult game.”

“It was a difficult game, and in the end we lost.”

We went into this game expecting it to be easy and we paid for it.

It’s something the team must learn – any sign at all of over-confidence or complacency and we can lose any game in the Championship – whoever we are playing.

Here’s the positions in the league table after Saturday’s games and we dropped 3 points to both Brighton and Reading, who both won their games 2-1.

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That’s 5 league wins in a row for Reading and five wins and a draw for Brighton in their last six league games.

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