If the Newcastle defense keeps making the mistakes we saw against Bristol City yesterday, then there’s a chance we could mess up our promotion drive.
We saw the same mistakes against Norwich City and QPR and it was two high balls into the box that was our undoing yesterday.
The more games that go by where we fail to win the game against much lower placed sides at home – takes us closer to the tragedy of missing out on promotion this season.
That would be devastating for Newcastle United – let’s make no mistake about that – so our players need to waken up and shape up and quickly too.
Rafa Benitez on the touchline yesterday
We cannot keep throwing away points like we did yesterday against a relegation threatened side who hadn’t won in their last seven games and we gifted them two goals in the first 21 minutes.
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This is what Rafa Benitez had to say after the game and he mentions the mistakes more than once.
“I have said before though we can’t make the same mistakes.” “We made mistakes against Norwich and after that we had a great reaction.”
“This against Bristol City has been very similar.” “We were very dominant in the second half and created a lot of chances because we were losing.”
“When you have anxiety it’s not clear to take your chances.”
“You could see in the second half when we play with this high tempo and create the chances we did, we will win these games.”
“But we made mistakes and gave them an advantage.” “Normally when you are winning 2-0 it’s easier to work hard in defense and play counter attack.”
“If we play at the same level of the second half I will be happy with that.” “But it’s something that we have done in a lot of games. We can carry on doing the same.”
We are almost certain to see changes to the starting side on Tuesday night at Brighton and it looks like Dwight Gayle is fit again but the lad is having some confidence problems about his hamstring.
It’s Dwight we need in the side because he can score goals out of nothing.
We labored again yesterday and Mitrovic was a big let-down up front for the side.
Mitro needs to do his talking on the pitch as do some of our other players too.
We could even see Rob Elliot back in goal for Karl Darlow at Brighton, as Karl looked indecisive again a few times yesterday.