Rafa Again Shows Disappointment At Poor Officiating


This game should have been over before Chris Woods managed to poke in the equalizer a full five minutes into added time and Rafa Benitez after the game questioned where five minutes came foro at the end of a second half that seems to have had very few interruptions until a Leeds fan invaded the pitch after 93 minutes.

It was two points we should have never have dropped so late in the game but how many times have we said that this season.

Think Aston Villa away, QPR at home and now Leeds United at home.

We also missed the chances to take this game to more than one goal ahead in stoppage time and you are always prone to a late equalizer in these situations.

A frustrated Rafa Benitez last night

Rafa needs strikers and good defenders brought in this summer to correct these failings in the side.

Rafa was again frustrated at the officials allowing five minutes but he was also frustrated at the poor defending from Newcastle which gets closer to the real reason why we dropped the 2 points,

We have to look at our own shortcoming this season and this was one of them last night.

This is what a clearly frustrated and even angry Rafa Benitez said immediately after the game:

“I am pleased with the performance of the team, the commitment, the passion, the way we played the chances we had,”

“I am disappointed with the mistake at the end. I say at the end in 95th minute.”

“Today was 95 minutes. It was very difficult for me to understand that. I don’t understand a lot of things in the last few games.”

“Why did we have a penalty that took seven minutes and we only got three minutes at the end against Wigan Athletic.”

“This was 95 minutes. I don’t understand a lot of things in the last few games. “We have to be proud of the players, but disappointed not to get the three points.”

“We have to try to be ready for the next game.”

We need to win our last four games of the season and get over this quickly – but no more of this late dramatic negative stuff late in games.

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4 comments so far

  • kimbo

    Apr 15, 2017 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #1

    Well Rafa was pleased with the team’s performance, well I was not. Perez and Gouffran offered very little, we cannot finish teams off, his substitutions are poor and at the wrong times.
    When are we going to get a performance of a team that is worthy of the PL.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 15, 2017 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #2

    Good on ya, Ed!

    We will be celebrating a top ten finish in the PL next year.

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  • giimps

    Apr 15, 2017 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #3

    Were facing 14 men every game ,thats the way to look at it from now on, it seems obvious to me that the referees have it in for us for showing up one of their own, probably not any directive but an unsaid partiality towards our opposition.
    This is obviously not true but it just seems like it and rather than blame ginger jack for giving the free kick away which lead to the goal (as well as the crap defending) it would give the lads a siege mentality for our next games.
    We have had the hardest run in but now have relatively easier opposition, Leeds and Sheff were never going to be easy as they were both pushing for the playoffs, Ipswich,preston,Cardiff and Barnsley should be a little easier……..i reckon a couple of wins will do it, we have to win them all though to stand any chance of winning the league

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Apr 15, 2017 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #4

    I totally disagree with you Kimbo? Hopefully i am not the only blogger here who feels this? Benitez is a class act who will rebuild in the Summer and make us a force in the Prem again! He could of left last year plus he could of gone for the money in China, but to every ones surprise, he stayed! If your not happy then bog off down the road to the Stadium of Shite ! Moyes will be gone and who knows? Maybe they,ll get Pardew in ?

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