Rafa – We Are Losing Games We Might Draw Or Win


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.”

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4 comments so far

  • toontaff2

    Dec 27, 2016 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #1

    Darlow man of match, says it all, with all our possession!
    Dummett and Anita poor- Anita trying to win headers against a 6ft plus player – braindead?
    Clark missed a sitter, he and Lascalles must be in competition with 1 eyed Jack for most sideways and backwards passes! And why do they run awayfrom the opposition when they are attackingdown our centre – like the parting of the sea!

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  • Constanstine

    Dec 27, 2016 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #2

    We don’t have to win every game but at least we can try to score as much as possible in each game and see how it turns out?

    Why not put in some guts and start being more attacking minded as a team rather than just hoping Gayle and Shelvey to perform a miracle in every game , Rafa?

    We have Lazaar and Yedlin so please use them so we can finally have a football team with proper full backs and not a limited ones like Dummet and Anita.

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  • Munster Mag

    Dec 27, 2016 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #3

    That’s horse manure. How about ‘we need to be more creative and attack teams more at home. We have 50000 fans and I should have played two up front but my caution sometimes hurts us. ‘ .

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  • kimbo

    Dec 27, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #4

    Rafa lost the game tonight with his substitions. Perez made no difference. Mitro should have come on earlier.
    Rafa why not attack teams with pace for a change if plan A doesnot work?

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