It was just one of those days yesterday when once again poor officiating in the Championship cost Newcastle three points as a Matt Ritchie goal in the first half was disallowed for offside but replays showed the goal should have stood.
That would have given Newcastle the goal they needed and all 3 points but surely this bad luck in front of goal cannot go on much longer?
But that’s still just one goal scored in the last 3 games and 7 points dropped – and that’s not good.
It’s not surprising there was a split reaction yesterday among Newcastle fans – but it’s another 2 points dropped.
Rafa Benitez on the touchline yesterday
Brighton lost at Leeds United in the late game so at least we gained a point on Brighton and Huddersfield this weekend.
Rafa has responded to Newcastle’s poor results over the last three games since we had those great away wins at Brighton and Huddersfield:
“If we play four games away you’d think it wasn’t bad to get the points we got.”
“People expect us to win every away game and I think we deserved to win but we couldn’t do it.” “We have more point and one less game.”
“It is important to learn to manage the games and make sure that after every game you are in a better position.”
“It’s important to learn how to manage the games and hopefully after every game you are in a little bit better position.”
“I think we showed we could manage the intensity of the game and keep a high tempo.” “We were passing the ball well, although the pitch was not the best.”
“The idea was to try and control things because we knew how they would play.”
“It’s not a case of needing to create 20 chances in the space of 10 minutes because you cannot do that.
“We had the number of chances we were looking for, it is just a pity that the goal was disallowed and their keeper made the difference.”
The best we can do now is only equal Chris Hughton’s 102 points total seven years ago with only 8 games remaining and we are on 78 points.
But we have to improve the results in the remaining games and beat those teams we should be beating – like Birmingham yesterday for example.
It’s never been easy supporting Newcastle United – we always seem to do things the hard way.