Rafa Benitez – This Cost Newcastle The Game At Burnley

In truth, it was a very poor game to watch last night, and the Newcastle performance was dull at best.

Yet even though the side turned in a poor performance the defeat was of our own making with the defense culpable for the winning goal from Jeff Hendrick after 74 minutes.

Hendrick was left wide open at the far post, and when the cross came over, he controlled the ball well and put it into the empty net.

These games are very close, and we were hoping to do better against a team like Burnley, although they are a very well organized side under Sean Dyche and are doing really well this season.

Rafa Benitez – disappointed after the game last night

This is what Rafa Benitez said after the game:

“We made a mistake and after it we were out of position.”

“I don’t like to name anyone but it was obvious we didn’t do what we had to do.”

“On the ball we had to be a bit better and more precise. We still had chances and some attempts.”

“But in these kind of games you have to be sure to be strong enough in defense. You have to be better in attack.”

“You can win games like this but they have to make a mistake, they didn’t and took advantage of it.”

“It was an even game, in that we could have won it or lost it. It was perhaps going to come down to one mistake and that’s exactly what happened.”

“They were pushing and had some chances but not enough.”

“These kind of games, when you have control you have to be sure when you create something more you don’t give the ball away the way we did.”

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8 comments so far

  • magscar

    Oct 31, 2017 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #1

    Repost never learn 🙁


    Oct 31, 2017 at 8:01 AM
    Comment #96

    Another tight game in which we didn’t take what few chances we had but opposition took theirs. Brighton and Huddersfield were similar.

    Rafa doing what he can with limited options but felt that we did make enough (as usual) of quick breaks from early accurate ball out from keeper. Burnley as expected piled bodies into box at every free kick and corner but we never seemingly set for Atsu Perez or Yedlin etc to take advantage of their committing more men forward. Elliot never seems to launch a quick counter – just him or Rafa not trusting players not to make a hash of it? Just as it is necessary to defend from the front so it is to start quick attack from back.

    Ritchie by his standards had poor game (second in a row) and we frustratingly struggled to consistently pass to feet in last third or if we did failed to hold up long enough to bring others into game.

    I get the Joseleu and Mitro debate but Rafa needs to find a way of making one or other more effective. January still a way off and plenty of points before another striker can be brought in.Ashley Barnes is a journeyman player at PL level but caused us problems from the off as Burnley played to his (and their usual) strengths.

    Yes could have gone either way (like Palace) but that is 3 away games in which we have “just” come up short! Need to work harder on not losing ball when team is in transition so we don’t loose shape and generally make better use of possession.

  • lochinvar

    Oct 31, 2017 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #2

    No names ?
    What we need is a Pitchfinder General to point the finger.
    I won’t do it because I know that Perez didn’t intend to get caught with the ball, Elliot wasn’t tall enough and Yedlin didn’t see the guy behind him.
    I know that it’s Halloween but our performances at Huddersfield, Brighton and Burnley were scary.
    Think Clark brings a physicality to the team that is sometimes lacking so expect him to be back in the reckoning for Saturday but who drives the engine in midfield without Merinos flair and energy is a concern. Up front something has to change but that seems a conundrum that only Amanda and her team will be a be able to resolve.
    All I want for Christmas is my two front strikers.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 31, 2017 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #3


  • Slank

    Oct 31, 2017 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #4


    That wasn’t an advert for the Premier League. It was hardly an advert for football. It was dire. Truly dire. Watching grass grow may have had more excitement.

    Obviously Rafa has to pick the players he has available and in the absence of Merino, who was sorely missed, I couldn’t understand selecting Diame ahead of Shelvey’s regular partner Hayden. Similarly, selecting Joselu ahead of Mitrovich appeared wrong.

    In general, managers like to select the players they have bought often to the exclusion of players already at a club who are just as good, sometimes better.

    Rafa seems to have a vendetta against Mitrovich preferring Joselu even though recent performances question Joselu’s right to lead the line. Something similar is happening with Lejeune and Clark. Lejeune at times looks very nervous and often makes some very risky passes whilst in defence. Clark has always looked solid. I thought Mbemba was by far the better left back than Manquillo.

    Come January things may be different. Mitrovich will be sold and Joselu will be warming the bench as a specialist centre forward will arrive as will a left back.

  • Tony

    Oct 31, 2017 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #5

    Slank – I agree with most of what you have said

    Diame – He doesn’t look like a Premiership Player, similar in quality to Colback.

    Lejeune – Looked very nervous, maybe he needs time to adjust as he has been out injured.

    Joselu – Against Burnley a much better option than Gayle, but I think it must be only Mitro’s workrate and temperament that is keeping him out of squad.

    Manquillo – average

    As for the game I agree Rafa has to work with what he has got.

    We won the league last season and for me it wasn’t great to watch but it worked.

  • kimbo

    Oct 31, 2017 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #6

    Sorry Rafa I blame you for this defeat. Negative tactics and 2 unbelievably poor players in Joselu and Perez upfront. If Merino does not play we are so poor, one man does make a team in this case.

  • U.S Magpie

    Oct 31, 2017 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #7

    Once again Rafa puts his money on Perez, light weight, no pace looks clumsy running with the ball cannot score goals and lost the ball trying some stupid flash shite when he had two players around him. I would have kept Murphy this year or at least had Mitro play at least he is physical. Diame ? Manquillo ? Joselu ? Perez ???? Sorry but these three are just poorer than poor. January they need to go, even without a takeover we need to let these players sold the experiment is over Rafa.

  • U.S Magpie

    Oct 31, 2017 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #8

    Sorry four and add Gayle making it five.


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