In Rafa Benitez’ interview in the Chronicle today he doesn’t mention the referee on Friday night by name – Stephen Martin – but he does say that somebody in the game has made a lot of mistakes.
In his long career – 20 years in management and 30 years in coaching – Rafa may not have seen quite a bizarre performance from a referee than he saw in that first half on Friday night.
To call it bizarre is not doing Martin’s performance justice – it was simply unbelievable.
It also caused the actor and comedian of the same name in America to wonder if any Newcastle fans would ever attend his films ever again.
Rafa Benitez – not a happy camper on Friday night
Rafa knows there’s little he can do about it now, but he does say that they have to analyze what happened in this game – and they presumably being the FA.
This is some of that Rafa said in the Chronicle today:
“The number 10 kicked him first and Shelvey kicked him back. He made a mistake but he was provoked.”
“It is something that somebody has to consider.”
“But in my experience, I can’t change anything, but at least somebody has to see the images and say something was wrong. Somebody has made mistakes.”
“It’s not just Jonjo, we lost a game and somebody made a lot of mistakes and they have to analyse if it was players or decisions.”
We have to move on past the last game and the only thing that matters now is that we get back to winning games against a good Birmingham City side on Saturday.
Brighton play Leeds United on Friday night and if they win that game between two in-from sides, the Seagulls will be top of the league when we kick off against Birmingham at 3:00 pm Saturday afternoon at St. James’ Park.
We expect a sell-out crowd for that game who will urge Newcastle on and back to their winning ways.
Howay The Lads!!