Rafa’s Issues Rallying Cry To Newcastle’s Players

Rafa Benitez was not happy with the performances of referee Stephen Martin or Nottingham Forest captain Henri Lansbury in a bizarre game on Friday night, when most of the important decisions all went against Newcastle.

Two penalties against the Magpies in the first half with two players sent off and a good goal from Ciaran Clark disallowed along with an appeal for a penalty turned down.

And that was only the first half.


Rafa Benitez Looking Down Close Up

Let’s just say Rafa Benitez was not happy on Friday night

In the second half the first Forest goal from Nicklas Bendtner was offside – and so it went on.

It was not good publicity for the Championship or the second division officiating, which has been less than stellar all season.

But Rafa has put out the message today that it’s over now and there’s nothing anybody can do about it.

It was a nightmare game for us, but we also need to put it behind us and prepare fully for the game at home to Birmingham City on Saturday.

This is what Rafa has told BBC Newcastle:

“We know that we made some mistakes,” “You cannot change things now.”

“You have to concentrate on what you have done well and the mistakes you have made and then try to think about the future.”

“It’s a long race, and we have to carry on.”

“I think we did really well if you consider the first goal scored by Nicklas Bendtner was offside,”

“After, we had some chances. We just tried to defend and play counter-attack, but it’s quite difficult.”

“With every decision against you, it’s not easy.”

That was our third defeat in a very short six days, so we just have to come out on Saturday with all guns blazing and try to get a win and a good result against an in-form Birmingham City side.

Moaning and groaning allows people to get rid of their pent-up frustrations, but carried on for too long it starts to be counter-productive and at some point you have to stop being the victim and look forward to bigger and better things and be positive.

If we can win the game on Saturday things will start to look better.

Comments welcome.

3 comments so far

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 6, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #1

    That’s the spirit Rafa! Results were kind to us after Friday so let’s take it out on Birmingham… 3 points will put it behind us going into the Christmas programme.
    Interested to see how we cope tactically without the quarterback.

  • posada

    Dec 6, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #2

    Cheats never prosper.
    Every Ref in the country will now be aware of his antics.
    In future they will assume he is cheating when he claims a foul or pen, unless they are 100% sure.
    Totally correct for them to do so.

  • lochinvar

    Dec 6, 2016 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #3

    Posada – I like your optimism but without the involvement of competent linesmen then the con artists won’t change their antics.
    Worst part about last Friday was that both the ref and linesman were as incompetent as each other on so many occasions. We would have had better decisions if Calamity Jane had been in charge. Ye ha.


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