It was just a dreadful display at home by Newcastle yesterday in front of over 52,000 fans against Watford.
The Newcastle side hardly resembled the team that was picking up points nicely earlier this season.
We had 14 points from our first 9 games with a goal difference 0f +2 and were around 6th in the league table.
We have now dropped to 13th place in the league with a goal difference of -6 and still on 14 points.
Rafa Benitez – on the touchline yesterday
Rafa will now be under pressure to get the team playing well again – after all, they are the same players who were playing some solid football earlier this season, and we were so well organized.
This is what Rafa said after the game yesterday:
“We knew this would be a difficult game for us, because they have been playing well.”
“We needed to be strong and solid, but we made a mistake and conceded the first goal. We responded quite well.”
“We were pressing and created a few things, but the second goal changed everything.”
“Then it became very difficult in the second half. We were chasing and they were able to catch us out.”
“We are a team that has to work very hard to get results,” “We have to be aware that we knew this could happen.”
“We knew we could lose some games and we have to analyze a few things and see why things are not going so well.”
“But we knew it would be hard. We are a team that will have to work extremely hard right up until the end of the season.”
“But the supporters, the players and the media have to realize that we have to work harder and stay together.”
“That’s the only way.”
Watford missed a number of chances, and they probably should have scored more goals – so it could have been a lot worse than it was.
Alan Shearer tweeted immediately after the game it could have been 6-0 and called it a horror show.
— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) November 25, 2017
Maybe we can get a win at West Brom on Tuesday night, but the team will have to be an awful lot better than they were yesterday – in what was easily our worst display of the season.
As Alan says – it was a horror show.