Newcastle goalkeeper Matz Sels is getting criticism for last night’s defeat after he could not hold onto a shot from Marcus Henriksen and the ball went to Scottish International Robert Snodgrass who gleefully slammed the ball into the net for the equalizer.
That was only just after Newcastle had just taken the lead with a goal from Mo Diame early in extra time.
Rafa was not pleased with the outcome of the game last night, after we had controlled the game for long periods and carved out chances in the first 90 minutes that we didn’t take.
If things don’t improve we think Rafa may want to bring in another striker in the January transfer window to try to rectify the situation.
Rafa Benitez with Matz Sels last night
Rafa is big on team spirit and that the team as a whole needs to take responsibility for the defeat last night (and the wins too) and blaming the goalkeeper is too simple – and Rafa didn’t even want to talk about the goalkeeper after the game last night.
This is what Rafa has said today as reported in the Chronicle:
“I don’t want to talk about the goalkeeper – the team as a team made mistakes. That is what allowed them to score.”
“It is not about the keeper – it was the midfielders, the defenders, everyone. We allowed them to get to a position where they should not have been.”
“When you are winning so many games, every time you have a defeat or a bad result, people will talk and ask questions. Now, we will see what will happen.”
“But it was a long season before this week, and it will be a long season after this week.” “We still have to carry on working hard and doing things in the same way.”
“We had five or six chances in the first half where we could have scored, and we played really well against a Premier League team.”
“The game was different in the second half, they were pushing, but still we were defending and doing well.”
“In extra-time, we had the control, but we made one or two mistakes and that is something we have to do better.”
“To concede the goal in the way we conceded, and to allow them to counter-attack in the way they did, is something we have to manage and improve.”
Rafa never really wants to talk about individuals after a game whether they have played well or whether they have played poorly.
That’s one way to build up team spirit that will tell during the big games as our lads get more and more experienced playing together.
Our lads can learn massively from what happened last night and yes – we should have won the game – but we didn’t.
And let’s not crucify Matz Sels – we had enough of that stuff after the Aston Villa game – Matz is a Newcastle goalkeeper and we need to respect him for that.
We all win and we all lose together.
We know that’s true because Rafa said it.