Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez was obviously disappointed with a sloppy performance from his team today at Hillsborough, which didn’t measure up to what’s required in our promotion drive back to the Premier League.
We were well beaten today and as Rafa quickly points out, this Newcastle side made far too many mistakes and certainly didn’t deserve anything out of the game with the Owls the better side.
Newcastle are now second top of the league 2 points behind Brighton and we will need to start winning maybe four of the last five games to win the Championship this season.
Rafa Benitez on the sidelines today
Rafa Benitez was asked about the game and this is what he said as reported in the Chronicle tonight:
“Very disappointing.” “I think that we didn’t do what we had to do, we made so many mistakes, and we gave them chances at the beginning.”
“Even with the mistakes we could have scored a late goal and go into the dressing room 1-0 up, that we didn’t deserve.”
“Then after we started the second half much better, we had chances, and we were on top of them.”
“But then we made a silly foul and we conceded a goal and then it was all uphill, we have to keep going, but then we continued making some mistakes and didn’t manage the game.”
“We conceded another goal, and when we had the chances the keeper was making the difference.”
“We couldn’t score the second goal when we were on top of them, but without managing the situation then you won’t make sure you have more chances.”
Well there you have it – a much improved performance and a win is now needed on Good Friday against a good Leeds United team.