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.