Burnley made a very good start to the game last night and had Newcastle under some pressure early on, but once our lads got going, we held Burnley quite well.
In fact, manager Rafa Benitez after the game said he thought Newcastle controlled the game, but it was very close.
And it was a poor goal by Hendrick we conceded with only 16 minutes to go that gave all 3 points to the home side.
It was a very disappointing loss after we had earned 14 points from the previous 7 games since we lost our first two league games.
Rafa Benitez – disappointed with defeat
In our poll, there were only 11% of Newcastle fans who expected us to lose and over 50% thinking we could win this game.
This is what Rafa Benitez said after the match:
“I was disappointed because I know we can win those type of games.”
“We knew before that the league will be very difficult.”
“But it’s a long race, and now we have another opportunity at home on Saturday against Bournemouth.”
“Mentally, we have to make sure we will be ready for it.”
“We have plenty of time to recover from Burnley and now we have to make sure we approach the game with the same confidence.”
“As soon as we settled down we had control of the game.”
“Now we have to do the same at home on Saturday.”
It will be another tough game against second bottom of the league Bournemouth on Saturday, and we have to show a lot more creativity to win this game.
The next two-week International break begins after this weekend so it would be a perfect time to get our 5th win in the league.
Newcastle dropped to 9th place in the league table after last night’s defeat.