Rafa Points To What Went Wrong For Newcastle Yesterday

If Newcastle could have held onto the win yesterday instead of conceding two late goals, we would have been 10th in the league.

But now we are in 15th place with 29 points from our 28 games played and remain 2 points above the drop zone.

So that last minute equalizer by former Newcastle player Dan Gosling cost us 5 places in the league table.

That will be more important at the end of the season, and with some wins late in the season, we could rise to even finish in the top 10.

That’s the hope anyway – but as long is we finish in 17h place or higher.

Rafa Benitez – smiling and relaxed before yesterday’s game

That would be amazing after all that’s happened this season, with Rafa not being supported financially by the owner

Rafa was asked about the move down the table which was from 13th to 15th position:

“You have to realize where you are in the table, but that is not the main thing for me.”

“It is about being sure that the team continues fighting, playing well, and with the belief that we can get points anywhere.”

“It was a pity because all the hard work, for so many minutes, and the control we had, we couldn’t win the game.”

“It was attacking and defending.”

“We have had a lot of situations where the final pass was wrong and we missed a good chance for a counter-attack.”

“That is something we can improve, but the defending for the second goal, we had to be closer, we couldn’t be that far away from a player in the box.”

We missed a lot of chances yesterday – yet again – and that second goal was really sloppy, and it was the vital goal that cost us the win too.


And Rafa points to the final pass being wrong in our breakaways so that’s something he will work on this week in training ready for the visit to Anfield next Saturday afternoon – in the late game.

It’s another game for us, and we have to try to get something out of it.

The good news yesterday was that Dwight Gayle got two opportunist goals and he seems full of confidence after his excellent game last time out against Manchester United in that great 1-0 home win.

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4 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 25, 2018 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #1

    ou can see that some of our players are now getting used to the premiership it does take foreign players a while to adapt and the same can be said for being out of the league through relegation!

    Shelvey and Diame look capable of bossing most midfields in the bottom 10 and Richie seems to have discovered his confidence again!If Gayle could hit a bit of form after the goals it would certainly help!

    Perez is a strange one in the first half him and Gayle were linking up good , he got an assist and he set Atsu away quite a few times but his game will be judged on that sitter he missed! He does waste opportunities to pass it sometimes as well by holding onto the ball too long !

    Kenney had a quiet game but it was because Bournemouth were doubling up on him although this allowed Shelvey more time on the ball

  • Tsunki

    Feb 25, 2018 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #2

    Rather than churning out the old substitutes were wrong muck again it’s good to think about what Benitez observes about our defending. It appears that with more defenders on the pitch instead of picking up more men easily we suddenly went all to pot. The amount of space they suddenly found was shocking and if we did that against man utd they would have stuffed us alive.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 25, 2018 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #3

    Ok Harry Kane isn’t top of our card list but thankfully his goal did us a big favour I thought palace were going to ruin that one.

  • Thump

    Feb 25, 2018 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #4

    @Bunga Party: Perez blew hot and cold all game. I think it was in the first 10 minutes that Perez passed the ball straight to the advertising hoardings, and I had my head in my hands, then a few minutes later he was winning headers, winning challenges, and spraying the ball around on the deck. A few minutes after that, he was back to being a toddler at a stag do.

    When he’s on form, he can be unplayable. The problem being his form peaks and troughs depending on the direction of the wind.


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