There’s news in the Independent today that Rafa Benitez was furious after the 1-0 loss at home to Bournemouth and Rafa knew how important the game was.
We now have some tough games coming up and have just lost to both Burnley and Bournemouth – two games we could have won.
Benitez state of mind after the game will explain why he was so quiet and subdued during the BBC interview after the game when he didn’t want to say much at all.
Newcastle had what looked like a good goal by Dwight Gayle disallowed after 16 minutes and Dwight was at least level with the defender – which is onside these days – but linemen very rarely give it that way, preferring to disallow the goal.
Rafa Benitez – furious in dressing room after defeat
But some of these decisions are very difficult to give for the linemen when they are so close – if there’s a doubt they are supposed to give it to the attacking side but again – they rarely do that.
The crowd also was not happy with some of Rafa’s substitutes and they wanted to see Aleksandar Mitrovic brought on – but there was no such move by the manager.
And Newcastle gave away another late goal – this time two minutes into added time – to lose 1-0 and it was Bournemouth who looked the team more capable of winning the game – and so it turned out
The dressing room on Saturday after the game was not a good place to be, with some players angry as well as Rafa – and certainly, it was a key loss and a shocking one at a bad time.
We cannot get away from that.
This is what Rafa has said as reported in The Independent:
“Yes, I was angry after the game, because you have to say what you think.”
“My main priority is to make sure that the players understand what we have to do in the future.”
“I wasn’t very happy with some of the things I was watching, that’s it.” “We made mistakes and in the end we paid for that.”
“We gave the ball away easy without great pressing, and we were giving them chances to counter attack.”
“Yes, the players were angry.”
“They are not very happy obviously – that’s very common when you lose a game.”
“We knew it would be a long season and we would have good results and bad results. We will stay calm and try to do the right things.”
“I will not talk about the decisions of the officials because I am not very happy with the decisions.”
“I was worried from the first of September,”
“What I did was to work harder and that is what I will do now.”