We should probably think twice about any loose talk about having a stroll to the Championship this season.
That’s after our 6th defeat in the league tonight – 1-0 against Sheffield Wednesday, who are in 6th position and now only 9 points behind Newcastle.
That was also our fourth defeat at home in the league this season and our fourth defeat in the last seven games in all competitions, so those stats don’t look too good all of a sudden and we are losing too many games.
Mo Diame in action tonight in another shock defeat
Rafa Benitez was disappointed with the display after the game:
“We didn’t handle the pressure well.” “You always have to be disappointed when you lose, especially in a game like this when you’re at the top against a good side.”
“We had about three good chances before they scored their goal and we just didn’t take our chances.”
“Even after we conceded we gave them the chance to keep counter-attacking. “This is something we have to improve on because we’ve had this problem in a couple of games.”
“It’s been highlighted by a good team, but it’s something we need to improve on.”
This is what a delighted Owls boss Carvalhal said after the game:
“We played absolutely fantastic. “We kept the ball well and were a threat to Newcastle’s goal all the time.”
“We created clear chances to score, my players were fantastic and deserve the three points.” “I said before the game we are Sheffield Wednesday, we have a brand and we always fight for the three points.”
“Newcastle’s best player was their goalkeeper. He made three or four fantastic saves. “It was an important win.”
“We deserved the win, playing against the strongest team in the competition. “We prepared very well for the game, we have a way to play, we have big principles and are not an easy team to play against.”
“We go step by step, game by game and let’s see what position we will achieve in May.”
Our team is still not strong enough mentally at home to lose so many games already this term.
It’s looking like having 52,000 crowds at St. James’ Park is even a disadvantage to the side?