It’s not surprising that Newcastle fans are not happy today nring with the display and the result last night when we lost our 4th game in the last seven by a score of 1-0 to Sheffield Wednesday.
The visitors were the better side on the night and but for Karl Darlow making some fantastic saves in goal the scoreline would have been a lot worse.
After the game Rafa was asked on nufcTV what he thought of Darlow’s performance and he hesitated a bit and then said he didn’t like the fact our goalkeeper was the star man because that meant we were not doing well.
Karl Darlow in action last night – goalkeeper had a fabulous game
Rafa also made the comment about Newcastle already losing four games at home this season and most of them – like last night – in front of 52,000 Geordie fans.
This is some of what Rafa said after the game:
“We needed to score in this game and when it didn’t happen, we got a bit anxious and then started to give them too much space to create counter-attacks.”
“So again I would say that these are the games you have to learn to manage because we are losing games that we sometimes might draw, or win.”
“That is now four defeats at home this season, and that is not ideal for us.” “We know that we have to be better.”
“Thankfully we have another game coming up very soon and it is an opportunity to change things when things are going wrong.”
Our next two games are against Nottingham Forest at home on Friday and Blackburn Rovers away next Monday.
Both sides have already beaten us over the last month so we hope we can take some revenge and get two wins on the trot before we visit Birmingham in the FA Cup a week on Saturday.
But nothing is certain for Newcastle these days and any more defeats could see teams like Reading and Huddersfield Town start to catch us.
Rafa Benitez may be surprised at the over-reaction to last night’s defeat, but it’s hardly surprising Newcastle fans are not happy today.
That’s because of the way the club was run over the last two seasons with pure incompetence and we’re still suffering from last season’s complete and utter nightmare.
The appointment of people like John Carver and then Steve McClaren as head coach put us in the position we are now in – both men were way over their heads at Newcastle and should never have been appointed in the first place.
At least we now have Rafa at the club and he has to deal with some of the fans’ anxieties, although it’s none of his making.
But maybe the manager now needs to bring in a couple of creative players next month?