Newcastle lost their second successive league game at home to Bournemouth yesterday when Steve Cook headed in the winner two minutes into added time.
That was our second home defeat this season in the league having lost 2-0 to Tottenham on the opening day of the season.
And it’s not what we were hoping for before the long and boring two-week International break.
It’s now going to be a long two weeks before we take on Manchester United at Old Trafford.
It’s also the second successive time that Bournemouth have won this fixture having won 3-1 in Steve McClaren’s final game in charge in March of last year.
Rafa Benitez – on the touchline yesterday
Rafa Benitez had a message for Newcastle fans after the big disappointment yesterday:
“We have to understand that in these sort of games we have to do better.”
“We have created chances in every game, you have to score.”
“We have to keep going, we are Newcastle United, a good team that has been promoted.”
“When you lose, it doesn’t matter if it is tough or not for you.”
“We lost, we didn’t do what we had to do on a lot of occasions and our mistakes, in the end we paid for that.”
So we are now looking over our shoulders at the league table and will be in 11th place over the break – 6 points above the relegation zone.
The main thing is not to overreact, but we see there are already articles out slamming some of our players.
That will not help anybody – including both the players and the club.
We need to stick together – just as Rafa Benitez keeps urging us to do – especially in difficult times.
That defeat yesterday was very painful to take.