Rafa Benitez Bemoans Two Things About Yesterday’s Game

We lost at the Terriers yesterday 1-0, but the score could have easily been a win 1-0 for Newcastle.

After only 16 minutes Matt Ritchie looked like he had scored, but the Huddersfield goalkeeper made an excellent save to push the ball around the post for a corner.

And in the second half, both Joselu and Ayoze Perez had chances within a couple of minutes of each other with Perez somehow blazing over the bar, when in the six-yard box.

The game was very close and when we did go behind we came back at the home side strongly, but once again our weakness was in converting the chances we created.

We definitely need another striker brought in this summer before the end of the month.

Aaron Mooy scores winning goal yesterday

Otherwise, it could be a very frustrating season (what – again?) for the faithful Newcastle fans.

As it turned out central midfielder Aaron Mooy – a target of Newcastle this summer – scored the all-important goal after 50 minutes when he was given far too much room and time to pick his spot.

And in truth, it was an excellent goal from the Australian from Huddersfield’s point of view.

After the game this is some of what Rafa Benitez said as reported in the Chronicle:

“You cannot make too many mistakes in the Premier League.” “We made one mistake, gave Mooy too much time on the ball and we conceded.”

“You have to take your chances.” “We tried to create more chances after the Matt Ritchie effort.”

“The reaction from the team was good to going behind.”

“We are at the beginning and we have to keep going.” “The only way to improve is to train harder.”

“We started the game controlling things a little bit when they were pressing.”

“But it doesn’t matter if you are well organized, pressing and working very hard – you have to score goals.”

“And you cannot concede if you want to get results in the Premier League or any division, but especially when you are playing in the top division.”

They seem to be the basics of whether you win or lose – conceding goals and missing your chance.

We missed our chances many times last season, otherwise, with another natural goalscorer in the side, we would have won the Championship by more than just one point.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Aug 21, 2017 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #1

    The sheer madness of this window…………..


    Hull have accepted a bid from Swansea for midfielder Sam Clucas. We understand the fee could rise to £16.5million

  • toon kk

    Aug 21, 2017 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #2

    He’s told us nothing we don’t already know.

    Priority buy a striker who knows where the back of the net is. We haven’t had that threat since Remy left. One of the main reasons why we were relegated and it will happen again.

  • Ben Afri

    Aug 21, 2017 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #3

    I don’t often post my messages, but I do feel this needs to be said. Those “fans” abusing our players on their twitter accounts should hang their heads in shame. What on earth makes them think that this kind of behaviour is advantageous to our lads??? Yes, everyone and their nan knows that we are currently hopelessly out of our depths, and yes, we all have our own opinions on the way we’d like Rafa to play, and yes transfers are infuriating at the moment…but how does dragging down our players into the dirt help after they are already down???

    My sincerest appologies to the majority for me getting onto my soap box…I know that most of us are quietly and respectfully frustrated – even gutted!

  • Mag52

    Aug 21, 2017 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #4

    In spite of losing 2 defenders in the first game and losing the first two games, we have kept the goals against total down so far.
    Goal difference could be crucial for us at the end of what promises to be a tough season.
    A few more chances going in up front and we’ll be off and running.

  • Belfast

    Aug 21, 2017 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #5

    Nope the right back is just crap Tsunki and that’s why they threw everything down his side.

    He joins the long list of mediocre full backs, who play or have played for us, that can’t defend for toffee. So I won’t be holding a grudge.

  • Belfast

    Aug 21, 2017 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #6

    I’m not on Twatter Ben Afri but i’m guessing Jib is probably involved.

  • Ibizatoon

    Aug 21, 2017 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #7

    Mag52…Agreed. For a team in such bad shape, it’s not too shabby to have only conceded 3, 2 of which were against Spurs. Definitely need to sort out where our goals are coming from.

    Belfast…No grudge? I still send hate mail to Simpson for sabotaging our CL finish.

  • BenbulbenMag

    Aug 21, 2017 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #8

    Ben Afri, I 100% agree with you.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 21, 2017 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #9

    Took the precaution of copying this just in case the bus moved, which it did. 🙂

    With time reflect over the first two games, I believe it isn’t such a bad start as a lot of us are thinking.

    Yes we lost both of them but in each one we were effectively playing against 12 men. The ref gave us very little in either of them yet was handing out fouls and cards against us like it was Xmas for the other teams.

    Sheer bad luck and one act of idiocy lost us the first one, poor finishing lost us the second (also refer to my second comment). We could and should have probably got at least 2 points from those games.

    Last seasons champions are only 3 points above us at the moment, beat WH and we could go above them plus a few other teams.

    I thought we were at least as good as Spurs until the Shelvey moment, and we were better than Huddersfield overall in that game,

    Given that we have lost key players and Rafa had to improvise against Huddersfield it wasn’t a bad showing. Better (as many have already said) substitutions would probably have changed the course of the Huddersfield one but that’s water under the bridge now.

    Wednesday will probably see some players like DeJong and Sterry (if he’s fit) getting a run out and a good win could help kick start our season.

    I hope HT is in the reserve teams for the next few matches so he can get his head in gear.

  • hibbit

    Aug 21, 2017 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Ben Afri
    good words Ben the voice of reason these are the same clowns that pressed the panic button at the start of last season

  • Belfast

    Aug 21, 2017 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #11

    Aye there was a few predicting relegation after two games last year. A few red faces around for sure.

  • Ibizatoon

    Aug 21, 2017 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #12

    This is true about early calls for relegation, however, the competition is somewhat more fierce this season being in the PL.

    There are serious doubts about whether our squad is up to the challenge, whereas last season, we had one of, if not the best, sqauds (on paper at least).

    However, I do agree, calling how this season will go after 2 games is pointless (just like we are…come on, it’s somewhat funny).

  • Belfast

    Aug 21, 2017 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #13

    Ha Simpson could actually defend (mostly) Twas thinking more of the Stephen Carrs, Santons and Haidaras of the world.

  • Ibizatoon

    Aug 21, 2017 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #14

    Belfast…You haven’t written santon off already? 🙂

    Take it easy.

  • kilbane

    Aug 21, 2017 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #15

    If you want to keep the ball on the ground, you need Colback. If you want to play it long, you need Mitrovic. How hard can that be? Rafa is successfully finding new ways of irritating me.


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