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.”