A rather worrying stat for us is that we have now lost four games of the last seven in all competitions and we seems to be slipping in our form and subsequent results after winning nine games on the trot.
After the 1-0 defeat last night to a good Sheffield Wednesday side, Rafa was not pleased with the way Newcastle played and the lads became too anxious when we went behind after 53 minutes.
Rafa also commented on the fact that in some games when we cannot win it that doesn’t mean we automatically lose the game.
Rafa Benitez on the sidelines last night
It’s interesting that in 27 total games this season we have just one draw – we seem to win or lose games.
A disappointed Rafa had this to say after the game:
“I think I was proved right, when I said before the match that this would be a tough game for us.”
“I said we were up against a good team, and we have seen that.”
“We have seen that a team with experience of this league – good players, well-organised – they can be a threat.”
“And because we didn’t take our chances early on in the game and we allowed them to create chances on counter-attacks, they gave us problems.”
“How much was Shelvey missed?” “You never know.”
“He is a good player but we have enough quality on the pitch to win games without him and we need to do that.”
“For me, we should never have allowed them as many counter-attacks in which to score in the game.”
“We shouldn’t have allowed them three or four counter-attacks in the way we did.”
“We have to learn how to draw sometimes and maybe if we learn that we can have a better second half of the season.”
“Instead of just thinking that we have to win every game, we have to learn that sometimes you cannot.”
“We need to understand that when we don’t win, sometimes it is okay to draw.”
“How do we teach them that? By talking to them, by working with them in training and by maybe developing their experience.”