Benitez – It Was The Worst Thing That Could Happen

Rafa Benitez was not happy after the game last night and after going through a difficult transfer window in which Lee Charnley and company were unable to get any players in last month, we lost 2 points at home with an own goals in the last minute for a 2-2 draw with lowly placed QPR.

That’s now 13 points we have lost at home this season, mainly against lowly opposition – it’s not good enough.

Rafa Benitez – not happy with result

This is what Rafa said after the game as reported in the Chronicle:

“We had a lot of chances but we didn’t take our chances and we conceded with an own goal, which is the worst thing that can happen,”

“We didn’t take the chances that we had.”  “We needed to score the third goal but we didn’t do it.”

“We’re all disappointed that we couldn’t get three points.”

Newcastle would have gone back to the top of the league with a win and put pressure on Brighton, but we didn’t.

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Brighton play at Huddersfield tonight and a win could now take them 4 points ahead of us at the top of the table.

Comments welcome.

58 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Feb 2, 2017 at 5:42 AM

    Comment #1

    We probably need Brighton to win tonight. The chasing pack are smelling blood.

    Many who didn’t watch the game are voting for MOM, I think. Apart from the goal, Shelvey had an OK game, whereas Ritchie was good throughout.

    Sammy had a good cameo. We finally started to dominate when he came on.

  • cyprus

    Feb 2, 2017 at 5:45 AM

    Comment #2

    PS. Boy this league is hard. Many teams equal to ours. Will 80 points do it? What do stats say?

  • cyprus

    Feb 2, 2017 at 5:59 AM

    Comment #3

    Looked it up: 86 points. Come on lads.

  • Shot Bru

    Feb 2, 2017 at 6:00 AM

    Comment #4

    If we do get promoted this season, Rafa will walk in the summer as the usual shenanigans will play out re transfers.

    I’m not that bothered if he does go, the problem is the upheavel, and more importantly, the candidate that will be placed in charge as his predecessor.

    At the beginning of the season I predicted a play off berth. If that is the case we won’t get promoted. I believe we need to go up automatically, otherwise we’re staying in the championship.

    I don’t think the current crop of players are capable of standing the pressure.

    And finally, Sameobi getting a game!!

  • Markaccus

    Feb 2, 2017 at 6:06 AM

    Comment #5

    Silly result last night. Everyone giving the ball away in the 1st half. Still, we were much better 2nd half, Perez should have made it 3-1 on a couple of occasions to seal it.

  • firebug666

    Feb 2, 2017 at 6:21 AM

    Comment #6

    Perez was showing quite a bit of petulance last night after Richie told him off for wasting a golden opportunity,

    If he had kept his head we would have won the game, doubt he will start again in the next couple.

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 2, 2017 at 6:24 AM

    Comment #7

    Need a balance between resting players and maintaining a winning momentum. Shearer spent a huge amount of time out injured, which impacted on the team and he still seems to not recognise the consequences.

    The crowd seemed lethargic last night, probably due to the disappointing transfer window and compounded by a nervous performance. I hope Rafa can revitalise the mood of the squad quickly.

    Curiously I wonder if the players internalise the feeling of fans wanting new transfers, interpreting that maybe they are not good enough?

  • Markaccus

    Feb 2, 2017 at 6:24 AM

    Comment #8

    Ok. Who broke my Metro?

  • Ben-Arfa11

    Feb 2, 2017 at 6:32 AM

    Comment #9

    Looks like the mirror article was spot on to an extent about ashley

    *rafa benitez will leave us at the end of season via promotion or not
    *rafa can’t be trusted with funds, sels hanley gamez all expensive flops
    *rafa thinking sels better than krul?
    *rafa playing weak team against oxford so we can dish up that tripe with rest?
    *if Ashley is worried about benitez spending money on over rated flops i can understand but i get the feeling he just wants to mess up and going to penny pinch forever
    *we won’t ever do well while Ashley is here
    *please china buy us
    *very under whelming that aston villa can pay over 10 million on 3 strikers which is 30 million and we can’t make one signing.
    *understand benitez been upset but he did not help his cause buying sels for over 5 million when he had krul Darlow elliot and Woodman, waste of money
    if we are going back to money pinching again and not targeting big things next season i much prefer chris hughton aa manager of us.

  • firebug666

    Feb 2, 2017 at 6:33 AM

    Comment #10


    I agree, the team were playing poorly and that brought the mood in the stands down a bit.

    It was quite frustrating, and there were a lot of what if’s like when Richie had his shin raked, what if the player was sent off, but at the end of the day we only have ourselves to blame.

    We scored an early goal, but again instead of going for it, we took our foot of the gas and let them back into it. We grew more and more complacent in that first half and in the end it cost us.

    Rafa needs to sort this out, and soon or we will end up stuck stuck in this league.

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 2, 2017 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #11

    Ben-Arfa11 – hope that is irony for your sake.


    For the supposedly best team in the league we never seem to strangle a game. I never like to hear “if only”, as it just indicates to me that the team were not good enough to win the game themselves.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 2, 2017 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #12

    Do you think the team is not good enough?
    Are they set up not to loose so play conservative?

  • Mag52

    Feb 2, 2017 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #13

    Why people keep cracking on about what a good team we have I don’t know.
    It is a solid championship team with a couple of good players.
    We could have done with an injection of talent in the recent window. Rafa clearly wanted it. The failure to get anyone could have a big impact on our hopes for promotion.

  • Belfast

    Feb 2, 2017 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #14

    I would have taken a point after the first half which was shocking and Dummett kept us in the game. We play with no tempo at home which makes it easier for the opposition. Hopefully that’s the end of the Perez experiment he was atrocious.

  • lochinvar

    Feb 2, 2017 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #15

    Are we missing Jack Colback ?

  • NoahJ

    Feb 2, 2017 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #16

    I was alarmed at the apparent lack of a gameplan yet again- we go 1 nil up and then don’t know what to do. The amount of failed passes across both defence and midfield last night was ridiculous, and there was little build up play.

    That is why we can go from beating decent teams to losing against lowly teams- there’s no gameplan and so no consistency. and everyone, including Rafa, needs to take responsibility for that

    I think people are being a bit harsh on Perez. He obviously squandered two great chances, but he created them both himself, which is more than could be said for murphy, gouffran etc

  • Budge123

    Feb 2, 2017 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #17

    Well that was dissapointing!
    First time this season that I’ve thought we might not go up.
    No intensity no intent no communication.
    QPR were there to be taken but as is becoming the norm we sit back and play this awful slow sideways shite.

    For what it’s worth –
    Darlow – 5 little to do but dropped an easy ball early on
    Yedlin -7 Ok game gets up pitch well.
    Dummett 7 2 great attacking balls early on
    Clark 7 good game spoilt with poor own goal
    Lascelles 4 dreadful. Mistake waiting to happen . needs to be dropped
    Gouff 6 looked better when up top but was making good runs all night and not picked out once . not his fault
    Ritchie 6 looked slow until his goal. A booking waiting to happen!
    Shelvey 6 some good some bad. But so little around him moving for him to pass to
    Haydon 6 had a good game getting up pitch but final ball or shot poor
    Perez 3 please leave
    Murphy 5 did nothing of note.

    If this is the football that Rafa wants to play – containment and swift breaks (that’s my guess at what it is supposed to be) then we aren’t delivering against it.

    Yes we are top 2 but should be clear at top with this squad. It isn’t working and if Rafa can’t make this squad play with intensity then I am afraid we need to find someone who can.

  • firebug666

    Feb 2, 2017 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #18


    Perez became petulant and allowed his emotions to get the better of him after a telling of from Richie, If he had used the ball wisely we would have most likely won the game.

    He still has some growing up to do in my opinion, and when on the field just get on and do his job.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 2, 2017 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #19

    It’s probably a good thing we didn’t lose. 🙂

  • Tsunki

    Feb 2, 2017 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #20

    Btw someone tell Ed his Article Auto-Post settings have gone to pot. He needs to reset the timings.

  • toontaff2

    Feb 2, 2017 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #21

    Rafa BINGO number 3! Coming upon the rails! Like the chasing pack!

  • Budge123

    Feb 2, 2017 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #22

    Tsunki -worryingly it would not have been a great shock if we had.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 2, 2017 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #23

    just got in from match
    best team for the first minute from then on second best first half got pulled all over the pitch could of been 3 or 4 down at half time not for two last minute tackles by Dummet and one from
    Shelvey plus a couple of excellent blocks saves from Darlow.

    Could of should of won it second half but again missed chances don’t gamble to get players in the box – far to cautious

    Toon one dimensional team to F***in slow and ponderous lost all confidence and look for Shelvey to do everything so he drops deep to pick up the ball from Lascalles who was SHIT and Clark. Players don’t run past players or bust a gut to make runs.

    Opposition have got us sussed let us have the ball passing sideways then advance on us waiting for the miss pass then attack at pace with numbers leaving us clueless on who to pick up

    Second half started same great block save by Darlow after Dummett gave the ball away.

    Merit marks for all its worth

    Darlow 6 my Man of the Match for his saves first half and beginning of second – could of been at fault for their second goal
    Yedlin 5 Good going forward poor defensively
    Lascalles 1 for putting on the strip – give the ball away time after time very hesitant
    Clark 3 poor again two much sideways and backwards
    Dummett 5 pick of our defenders for his defensive blocks – got away with howler second half
    Ritchie 5 got up well for his headed goal apart from that poor
    Goufran 3 stinker until pushed up front
    Hayden 2 and one of them was for his cross for the second goal. Poor most of the game runs as if he has a fifty pence bit stuck up his arse – kept getting caught in possession gave the ball away all to often
    Shelvey 6 good goal but played far to deep as a third centre half
    Perez 2 hopeless and when he did get through one on one took the wrong option
    Murphy 3 looked like a old man tonight slow and ponderous lacked any movement

    Sammi 4 tried but after getting flattened disappeared to play full back for some reason
    Diame 2 too late of a introduction

    RAFA 3 for me one dimensional manager like his team doesn’t seem to know how to change the teams tactics, style of play
    If Rafa had been McClaren Carver or Pardew the fans would of been shouting for his head

    If we play like that against Derby – we’ll get stuffed

    Supposed to be the best team – best squad – far from it.

  • toontaff2

    Feb 2, 2017 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #24

    The Gallowgate was like a morgue. Maybe the early goal just killed it? Poor first half, Dummett saved us twice.
    Second half we had so many chances to kill and even missed one after our disastrous own goal.
    Perez was the main culprit.
    But this really is a kick in the teeth/up the ‘arris!

  • toontaff2

    Feb 2, 2017 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #25

    kill = kill the game off!

  • Tsunki

    Feb 2, 2017 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #26

    Actually Perez had a decent game and got a decent reaction when subbed. Yes he shot for goal when in hindsight a pass to Ritchie would be better, but I’m sure any forward would shoot. For the second his ears were still burning from being told off when Ritchie was waving his arm for Perez to cross, even though we had two players in the box, and a shot was still on.

    As for the rest of his play, he pulled off better tricks, made more chances than most and his passing was better than most s well, plus he did make the chances himself. I don’t think he’s great by any means but it’s clear some of you can’t see properly through the tears as you cry and bubble about drawing with qpr in a crap match with more dodgy officiating.

  • beermonkey

    Feb 2, 2017 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #27

    Glad to see diame is back
    Means Perez will be dropped

    Is it time to give mitro mbemba a few games

    Was confused as to where amiobi was playing
    Given his height didn’t seem to be in the box for set plays

  • Tsunki

    Feb 2, 2017 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #28

    I’m wondering if we could just rewind to the beginning of the season, if we were offered our current position would we have wailed and moaned about it not being good enough?

  • Budge123

    Feb 2, 2017 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #29

    Every time we drop points at home to some no marks I think we will have learnt our lesson and will play with intensity and swagger and simply overwhelm teams but we just go out and do the same thing time after time.
    Can the team and manager change it?
    I’m beginning to doubt it.

    More of the same against Derby and we will be taken apart. Perhaps then the penny will drop. But I hope it already has

  • giimps

    Feb 2, 2017 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #30

    Our team lacked any energy last night until the shelvey incident and our second, we were much better in 2nd half but that was way off what we are capable of, everyone was guilty of giving the ball away, there was no pressing and no energy moving the ball forward.
    Holloway had us nailed from the start, even though we scored very early, they were the better team ,quicker moving the ball, energetic attacks from more than one player and we had perez and hayden just putting their hands up if anyone tackled them.
    But we dont have competition for places cos nobody was brought in, Samiobi was ok when he came on, better than Gouffy and Hayden but im not sure why we took off murphy for him, hes the one who would have benefited most from the crosses Sammi can put in”……….altogether a poor game

  • Tsunki

    Feb 2, 2017 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #31

    Why is Mbemba constantly mentioned as an upgrade to our defence? Where has he shown he is good enough to start? Clearly not in training.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 2, 2017 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #32

    Budge – but if you look at our usual M.O. we will probably give Derby a hammering.

  • Budge123

    Feb 2, 2017 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #33

    Tsunki each to their own but my eyesight is spot on and can see Perez for what he is.
    The reception was for player coming on I think?

  • toontaff2

    Feb 2, 2017 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #34

    This is starting to look like the doom merchants’ dream – as said above, for the first time am not sure we are going to get promoted. Rafa is sickened and if the right club came in, may well go. I hope this happens before on ticket renewals, so saving me a few quid and more suffering! I did not enjoy the Gallowgate atmosphere, last night and do not want to pay for being thoroughly miserable!!

  • Budge123

    Feb 2, 2017 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #35

    Let’s hope we do take Derby apart. Can you imagine the look on Stevie Mcs face if they win…..

  • toontaff2

    Feb 2, 2017 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #36

    on – season
    what is wrong with this site – posting a ie comment hahha ie – legible – perfect timing for the gremlins!!

  • Tsunki

    Feb 2, 2017 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #37

    I said at the start of the season that this was a squad built for purpose, not pl quality but to get us promoted. I also predicted we would qualify in second place.

    I also said that whatever Rafa was promised this would still be Ashley and Charnley driving the bus, and ready to revert to their book-balancing nonsense at any time, and liable to derail our progress with their lack of foresight at a moments notice.

    The January window looks to me like this is where we may be heading. Despite all the talk of “expensive squad” it patently isn’t, it was bought with the sales of lazy journeymen, operates on a much lower wage bill, and crunches the numbers to Ashley’s corporate model.

    Just accept that Benitez is working with the tools given and that if he starts playing risk with the tactics to please the fans we will drop into playoff places real quick. Be glad it’s what it is. Because I doubt we will like it in the PL.

  • martoon

    Feb 2, 2017 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #38

    Charlie @23 – I agree with your assessment. I really like Hayden but he had a poor game – he lost the ball every time although admittedly he did well for the second goal.
    I can’t understand when Gayle is playing we put high balls into the box and when Murphy plays we play balls for him to chase – surely it should be the other way around?

  • toontaff2

    Feb 2, 2017 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #39

    And just when it could get no worse!!
    Missed Murphy off my BINGO line up, due to the bloggremlins, just seen BARKEL point out 10 men in my team!
    What a few days!

  • Belfast

    Feb 2, 2017 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #40

    Tsunki if doing Scott Parker twirls and losing possession regularly is having a good game yeah he was great. He made one chance himself and f***** it up. He was put through by Hayden for the other one and yeah he f***** that one up as well.

    Waste of a shirt.


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