Rafa Benitez was furious on the sidelines during the game and also when he talked to Sky Sports after the game.
The manager was particularly displeased with Henri Lansbury – that’s the guy who falls down in the penalty box if you breathe on him.
But the FA have to do something about these players who roll over as if they have been badly hurt until the foul is given and then they are fine and get up – mission accomplished.
It’s akin to cheating.
Rafa Benitez reacts as Paul Dummett walks off after red card
The referee had a very poor game tonight and maybe the Paul Dummett sending off can be reversed but Jonjo Shelvey kicked out at Lansbury and it will be hard to overturn that one – it could be violent play.
This is what an angry and frustrated Rafa Benitez said after the game:
“Everything was against us,” “You could see in the game we have a lot of things we can complain about. But I was really surprised with Lansbury.”
“The way he was acting, twice with the penalties and also with Jonjo Shelvey, but maybe he’s proud of himself.”
“If the referee cannot see that Lansbury was kicking Jonjo before, I will not defend Jonjo as he made a mistake, but Lansbury was kicking him before from behind.”
“Sometimes the FA take action also on the players that are over-reacting, so maybe that will happen here.
“With Dummett’s sending off it was very clear the No 10 Lansbury was waiting for him. So maybe again the FA can analyse this and see the behavior of the No 10.”
“The plan was to try to control the game as we did for a while then try to score if we could. But with nine players it’s not easy, especially when all the decisions have gone against you,”
“I think the team reacted against adversity, like we have to do, play football and try to score goals. But it was a difficult day and sometimes the referees have to have more experience.”
We are going to have to recover from this terrible week and get things back on track a week tomorrow at home to Birmingham – we need a full house at that game and we need to win it.
These three games are now past and gone and we need to look ahead and put a winning streak together.