Rafa Benitez has issued an apology to fans for the debacle on Saturday in that second half when we looked absolutely pathetic and paid for it by conceding three goals and losing 3-0 to a side that was in League Two only last season.
Rafa has come in for some criticism over the weekend especially from Alan Shearer who blasted the manager for playing a weakened side against Oxford and Alan said Rafa was letting the fans down by doing that.
These are the fans who suffer with fielding weak sides
Rafa has again talked about the defeat on Saturday – another pathetic loss in the FA Cup to a lower league side – as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“When you lose, the first people you feel sorry for are your fans, especially when you play away.”
“They are really good with the team. I said before that we had to come here and give everything, and if you make mistakes, you pay for them.”
“As I said before, balance is the key,” “In a team, you need experience and you need young players along with that.”
“You have to have a good mix. “If you have problems, then it is normally the experienced players that can make a difference.”
“These kind of games show you exactly what you need.”
It was an unexpected loss on Saturday with over 75% in our poll expecting us to win the game and advance to the 5th round for the first time since 2006.
But it turned out to be another embarrassment in the FA Cup and another shocking loss we have suffered this season.
That’s now the 9th defeat we have suffered this season.