Rafa Benitez seemed extra composed after the 4-1 defeat against Manchester United after the game last night.
As he does often after games – he clinically analyzed what happened, and while we were good in the first 30 minutes, eventually the sheer class of the Manchester United team shone through.
With a scoreline of 4-1, it’s too easy to dismiss Newcastle’s effort yesterday, but the lads showed in that first half hour that we can be a good side.
We just need to extend that to the full 90 minutes and cut out the mistakes.
It was again some defensive frailty that let us down yesterday and no doubt Rafa will be working hard on that aspect of the game in training next week.
Hopefully, we can keep a clean sheet at home against Watford next Saturday, and a win would be exactly what the doctor ordered.
Rafa BenitezNewcastle UNited manager
Dwight Gayle looked menacing yesterday, and it was an excellent first-time strike from Dwight that put us ahead after 14 minutes – and that goal – his first of the season – should give the striker a lot of confidence.
We need a win on Saturday, and then we have a good chance of getting something at West Brom on Tuesday night – as the games come along thick and fast through the end of the year.
Here’s some of what Rafa said after the game yesterday:
“Even if we had scored the second goal, you know the game is not over when you are playing against a team with the quality of these players.”
“But it is a pity because we had the chances and we could have scored.”
“We could have scored again before we conceded the second goal.”
“I’m not really worried about that, I am worried about getting points for Newcastle United.”
“They are both very good teams and they are both doing well.” “They have very good players and they will be there.”
“We will see what happens because it is a very long race.”
“For us, the main thing is to take the positives of the first half and try to build from that.”
“For 30 minutes, even with their big names on the pitch, we were doing really well.”
“The big difference is that you can change players, and maybe the players coming from the bench are even better.”
“They have this situation, and we were unlucky because we made mistakes in the first half when we were doing really well.”
Here are the next 10 games we have in the league.
Date Fixture KO time
Sat 25 Nov Newcastle vs Watford 15:00 Tue 28 Nov West Brom vs Newcastle 20:00 Sat 2 Dec Chelsea vs Newcastle 12:30 Sat 9 Dec Newcastle vs Leicester 17:30 Wed 13 Dec Newcastle vs Everton 19:45 Sat 16 Dec Arsenal vs Newcastle 15:00 Sat 23 Dec West Ham vs Newcastle 15:00 Wed 27 Dec Newcastle vs Man City 19:45 Sat 30 Dec Newcastle vs Brighton 15:00 Mon 1 Jan Stoke vs Newcastle 15:00