Rafa Benitez is taking the high road about Friday night’s disastrous referring display from Stephen Martin and he says that even with 9 men in the second half Newcastle could have won the game.
Given it was 1-1 after 85 minutes he’s right – we could have scored and won it 2-1.
But we didn’t and Forest scored after 86 minutes after exerting a lot of pressure on the defense – but we had no luck at all at the City Ground on Friday night.
Paul Dummett saw red just before half time
Rafa is taking the positives out of the game and he says he’s really proud of the way his players performed in what was a very very difficult situation.
This is what Rafa Benitez said in the Chronicle today:
“I told the players that there are still a lot of games to play.” “We were doing really well. We now have to carry on doing the same. If we show the character we showed at Forest in the next games we will do better.”
“For us every game is big.” “I said before when we were doing well there are a lot of games to play, there’s a lot of games in April too, and it will be the same until then.”
“We have to manage to the situation in the same way we were doing it before. We have to show character, play well, control the game and create chances.”
“Even with nine men we could have still have won the game. We have to take this as a positive.”
“The only thing I can do is praise my players because of the way they played, their intensity and understanding of the game, it was quite good.”
“They were in a very, very difficult situation. I will take the positives from that.” “The team showed with nine players to compete against a good team.”
“In those circumstances, it is almost impossible. I was really proud.”
We need to win at home to Birmingham City on Saturday.