Rafa Happy Enough With The Draw – But Bemoans Soft Penalty


Rafa though Newcastle should have been more than 1-0 ahead at the break and we suppose it was another case of missed chances.

Crystal Palace got a soft penalty, and Rafa thought that was unfortunate because it gave Palace some hope early in the second half.

But he also seems to be fairly satisfied at the end of the game that we had managed to hang on for the point with the defense holding out well to a Palace onslaught.

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This is what Rafa told Sky Sports after the game:

“Scoring the second goal could change everything,” “We didn’t do it and we conceded what I would say is a soft penalty because he was pushing my player and my player was pulling.”

“That changed everything because obviously they had more confidence and they were pushing and we know they have very good players up front.”

“We had to be strong in defense and it was difficult. To come here and to get a point, before the game I would say no, but after the second half maybe.”

“But I still feel in the first half we could have scored the second goal.”

“The difference between the push and the pull? It’s easy for the referee and the linesman to watch for that.”

“It’s something we have talked about in the past, but it has happened so we have to ensure it doesn’t happen again in the future.”

“I see a lot of penalties not given for us in every game. Different situations, but the same consequences at the end.”

“We have one less game and one point more and we are still fighting, so we will see. We are very narrow and compact so we have to carry on.”

“I think this group of players are working very hard, so you can’t complain about that.”

“We have to ensure the new players make more competition in every position.”

We have both Slimani and Dubravka who can play in our next game on Sunday at home to Manchester United, and we need to take something from that game – hopefully all 3 points.

It’s possible.

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