Rafa Frustrated And Unhappy With Newcastle’s Mistakes At Anfield


Liverpool beat Newcastle rather easily this afternoon by a score of 2-0, and after Newcastle’s initial resistance it all seemed too easy for the Reds.

Mo Salah and Sadio Mane scored the goals that got Liverpool a very comfortable 3 points, and it puts Newcastle one place lower in the table in 5th bottom place (16th) just 2 points above the drop zone.

Rafa Benitez – unhappy with mistakes and result

Rafa Benitez was not happy with the result or the mistakes Newcastle made after the game:

“I am not happy, I don’t like to lose games” “The game plan has to be good for 90 minutes. We were defending well and we need to be more dangerous on counter-attack.

“We had a chance with Mo Diame and that changed everything.” “The second half we had another mistake, conceded another second goal, I had to change things and we were then more open.”

“I am happy with the approach of the team, the work rate, but not the result.”

“We knew they were dangerous, the way they pressed quickly, we knew that we had to be careful with that.”

“You cannot guarantee you won’t make mistakes, and when you make mistakes, with the players they have up front, you will pay for that.”

Next up we have a relegation 6 pointer against Southampton next Saturday, and then we have a three-week break in the action.

If we lose that game it will seem like a six-week break – we must win these next two games against Southampton and Huddersfield at home.

If we can get 6 points from those games, we will be in much better shape.

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54 comments so far

  • check the toastie

    Mar 3, 2018 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #1

    Merino was miles better than slow mo.

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  • toon kk

    Mar 3, 2018 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #2

    I can understand Rafa being unhappy if we were just beaten by a championship club but Liverpool are streets ahead so we basically were just outclassed.

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  • Frank pingles come sock

    Mar 3, 2018 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Did we wear black n white ?

    Anyone rate Yedlin me hair ?

    Gayle up front (hoof it to him)

    Nee good

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  • jimiley

    Mar 3, 2018 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #4

    Terrific rearguard action by the lads. Liverpool the better team but we deserved something from the game for the effort we put in. With a bit more luck and but for some dodgy refereeing decisions we could have nicked the game. I can definitely see the wisdom of playing this way against the top 6. On an unlucky day you lose two nil and on a good day you win one nil. Great tactics. Onwards and upwards with Rafa. 44 points and 14th place is definitely on. No problem.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 3, 2018 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #5

    I was just wondering are the average viewer actually enjoying our brand of football?

    …what about the football going spectator?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 3, 2018 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #6

    No Jesper I doubt anyone is, it’s shite. But the lads are giving 100% and trying their best to stay in the league and they need all the support they can get.

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  • jimiley

    Mar 3, 2018 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #7

    I do not care about the average punter watching. It makes good viewing for me. Do I want us to go toe to toe and lose 9 nil. No thanks, two nil is fine by me.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 3, 2018 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #8

    jimiley,
    What do you get out of supporting the club.

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  • jimiley

    Mar 3, 2018 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #9

    Rafa is doing a great job just keeping us afloat. It will go to the wire. What more do people expect from him with such a crap team?

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 3, 2018 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #10

    Yeah Jail…I agree it’s a hard ask of the players to play like that each week…

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 3, 2018 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #11

    What was good about watching that jimiley?

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  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 3, 2018 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #12

    No possession, no control, little of the ball and not because L’pool were really that dominant. Counter attack does not mean “hit’n’hope”, long high balls to a solitary centre forward is never going provide the basis for having any chance of getting something from the game. The players we had playing on the flanks did not provide the kind of quality needed, they lost the ball, rarely got past a player and did not provide any successful crosses.

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  • jimiley

    Mar 3, 2018 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #13

    Jail

    I get pleasure from watching us lose two nil rather than 9 nil.

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  • Goofy

    Mar 3, 2018 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #14

    For anyone who thought that was a poor display. Get a grip!!!
    Liverpool are probably the best premier team out there right now, yeah Citeh are top but even Citeh wouldn’t want to play Liverpool in their current form. Salah, Mane and Fermino would scare the sh*t out of any defence.
    I thought it was a solid performance. From Atsu, Kennedy etc tracking back, Dummet out pacing Salah, Diame being the animal he is, our 2 centre backs looked like a good partnership again, was good to see.
    We were never going to attack, i feel for the travelling away fans a little but surely they knew what was coming. Thay was a definite case of damage limitation, truth is it’ll probably come down to goal difference at the end of the season.

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  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Mar 3, 2018 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #15

    So as predictions go no shock that we lost at Anfield today. Lets be honest with that front line we did well to on concede the goals we did. This one to me was not important but our next two games are extremely important, thank god team around us are screwing up to. So roll on to the, well how do I say this, probably the two most important games this season. Southampton and Huddersfield both at homes and only two games for the next three weeks. We need 6 points from these two, nothing else matters at this point, six points would put us on 35 points with 6 games left, Leicester , West Brom and Watford are three teams we should at least get 3 points or more putting us on 39, should just be good enough to stay up. Maybe a draw at Everton gives us the 40 points and Arsenal at home, you never know which arsenal will turn up. Hopefully if all the above goes to plan we will not need anything against Chelsea on the last match.

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  • jane

    Mar 3, 2018 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #16

    Southampton next Saturday is more important. look at Southampton’s remaining games, only 3 at home..

    Chelsea (h)
    Bournemouth (h)
    Manchester City (h)

    Newcastle (a)
    Swansea (a)
    West Ham (a)
    Arsenal (a)
    Leicester (a)
    Everton (a)

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  • jimiley

    Mar 3, 2018 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #17

    goofy
    spot on. Some of the clowns on here want us to attack Liverpool and win 4 3. Remember those days and we lost them as well with a much better team. Get real..

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 3, 2018 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #18

    Comfortable match for Liverpool. Expected result But still difficult to accept defeat. We tried hard but lacked quality in attacking areas, story of many games this season. Merino had a poor game but why get on his back, he’s not played much and he should hopefully hit some form. Difficult for a midfield to play against the high press of Liverpool with someone like gayle upfront. I think Perez was missed today too which I don’t think anyone has mentioned. Would have liked us to alter our formation earlier as it didn’t help our players in the final third.

    I’ve thought since we failed to get wins from Swansea, burnley, palace and then Bournemouth I have thought we will go down. We have a slim chance of staying up but it really depends on other teams being poor and results going our way. There is only one person to blame for our season panning out like this and he is a

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  • Tinman

    Mar 3, 2018 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #19

    Merino was useless. He has a lot to learn. Could be a quality player mind you. He should be given a shot in the number 10 role. We missed Shelvey massively.

    Is it too early to say ‘I told you so’ r.e. Mitro?

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  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 3, 2018 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #20

    Rafa “Southampton will be dangerous, they are struggling but they are a very good team, Huddersfield are very dangerous, it doesn’t matter that you are home……Every game will be difficult…….We have to show the same organisation we showed in the first half.”

    There will be little changed for the next two home games, just have to hope that it is not us that make the mistakes.

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  • jimiley

    Mar 3, 2018 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #21

    Rafa will keep us up. If I were an unbiased supporter I would love Newcastle to get relegated. Its what the fat controller deserves and nobody cares about other supporters. Most other supporters want us to go down Nothing to do with the club rather the owner.

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  • jimiley

    Mar 3, 2018 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #22

    If you miss Shelvey then you know you have a crap team. Too slow and immobile. Plays from the edge of his own box hitting Hollywood balls.

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  • Tinman

    Mar 3, 2018 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #23

    Jimiley, Shelvey was absolute quality against Man U. He has been brilliant alongside Diame.

    World class on his day. Who else do we have like that?

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  • manxpie

    Mar 3, 2018 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #24

    Dont mention mitro tinman its as if we’ve swapped a fit international player who is banging in goals for club and country for a sicknote on higher wages
    If gayles dodgy hamstrings go (he has lost all his sharpness from last season!) we have joselu to get us through the season joke of a decision

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  • jimiley

    Mar 3, 2018 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #25

    Tinman
    We have nobody. Thats the point.We have a crap team and Rafa is working wonders. We go away to a top team and park 44 in the penalty area. Shelvey is bang average. Cannot run and cannot tackle and cannot score but plays the odd 50 yarder. Citeh queueing up to sign him. I think not.
    And who decided to farm out a player scoring a goal a game for Fulham and bring in a striker who will play at best 5 games for us from January. Really clever that one. The consolation is that we have real livewire who has lost a yard of pace at least and can get injured at any time. Saving grace is Joselu. It just gets worse!!!!!!

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  • jimiley

    Mar 3, 2018 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #26

    Tinman

    Shelvey and Diame are absolute quality???? You are easily pleased.

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  • jimiley

    Mar 3, 2018 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #27

    Why did it take 25 games before Rafa realized Joselu is rubbish??? Mitro must be horrendous. How crap is the Serbian team????

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  • manxpie

    Mar 3, 2018 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #28
  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Mar 3, 2018 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #29

    Lets look at the team around us, Stoke for the next four games have a tough run in, Man City, Everton, Arsenal and Spurs. Lets work on no point on these four. They then have have West Ham and Burnley possible three points from those two and then Liverpool at Anfield no points, last two games Palace and Swansea. maybe 3 points from the last two. So if above is correct puts Stoke on 33 points. Now for West Brom, next four, Leicester, Bournemouth, Burnley and Swansea, three of these games are at home, so lets give then 6 points, then Man United and Liverpool, no points. then us away so draw for them possibly giving them one point from those three, then they have spurs and palace, no points against Spurs and even if they beat palace which we would want at the end of season, total would be, 30 points. Now Palace, there next four are, Man U, Chelsea, Huddersfield and Liverpool, I will give them three points at the most here, then Bournemouth, Brighton, Watford and Leicester, I can see possible 6 points if Zaha gets back, last two Stoke and West Brom, I will go with three points, giving them that give them 39 points. Huddersfield is a little harder to predict on there next four games, they have Swansea, us, Palace and Brighton, there next two are at home so I would go with four points on those two, then us and Brighton away, we need the win so no points there, then Watford, Chelsea, Everton and Man C, two games at home 4 points, last game Arsenal at home, let be generous and give them the win. point total, 39 points. West Ham are still in the shite too, next four, Burnley, Southampton, Chelsea and Stoke, three games at home, I can see possible four points, then Arsenal, Man City, Leicester and Everton, two games at home, one against Man City, lets go with and being generous four points, points total 38 points. Southampton next four games Chelsea, Bournemouth, Manchester City, Newcastle. (a) we need to beat them so I can only go with three points, then Swansea, West Ham, Arsenal, Leicester, Everton, all four are away so 2 points if I am honest, points total 33 points. So looking at these six teams around us, if all is correct, Stoke, West Brom and Southamton are down, highest points tally 33 for both Stoke and Southampton. So we would need 34 points to stay up, not wishing for it but five points is the first mile stone, win against Southampton and Huddersfield are 100% the must and nothing else putting us on points. Could be safe if the above points total become true.

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  • dig-n-dig22

    Mar 3, 2018 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #30

    Jimiley
    It doesn’t have to go to the wire, 9 pts will see us safe, we have 2 home games back to back with 6 of those 9pts up for grabs this is our chance to pull away from the dog fight That’s all we have to focus on.If it does end up going to the wire and we rely on other teams doing us a favour from the position we are in now then we deserve to be relegated. I would like to spare a thought for Murphy who took quite a bit of stick during the earlier part of the season because of his price tag He has worked hard to improve his performance only to be put on the back burner for a few weeks and then to be thrown to the fixture from hell,

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  • jimiley

    Mar 3, 2018 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #31

    Manxpie
    He cannot run either and he cannot score . Otherwise he is quality???

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Mar 3, 2018 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #32

    Pundits unless they are based in the NE know far less than we do, and aren’t to be taken seriously. We aren’t a Championship group. There are 8 or 9 squads of similar quality. We are young and have had little up top relatively speaking. Rafa will probably be the edge that keeps us up, but the want of a genuine number 9 has been the main catalyst for all our struggles.

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 3, 2018 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #33

    The utterly sickening thing is that but for say, 10 million, we could be safe. Certainly one decent winger and a striker, on a season loan or otherwise. 10mill , maybe 20. This is appalling.

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  • ParisaNUFC

    Mar 3, 2018 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #34

    Perspective
    Previous were lucky and privileged to be in the position as nufc manager, hence they played by the Ashley rules, ie,yes men, saying the things in interviews exactly what the owner wanted them to say ,for fear and the fact they were in a job far above their capabilities,ambitions and reality, all of them in the Ashley era sang the same tune, obviously on far less salaries with one goal, TO plod on and hope for the best as a big club manager,
    However then the arrival of Rafa, a man who is (initially in the present ownership and objectives of the board) far far bigger in terms of a winner as a football manager and a gentleman who is one of the most genuine men who has ever managed this fine club, he has more integrity and sensitivity for our club than anybody else other than in equal quantities than Keegan and Robson, with one special ingredient, RAFFA has had no support or help in his job, he hasn’t had the comfort of transfer budgets or the same commitment from the board as our beloved kev and Bobby , however this man has done everything because he truly feels the Hefty burdens and betrayal ,US the dedicated supporting fans and followers of Newcastle United have had throughout the far too long years we have persevered, at last I think pundits, tv and so called experts are finally getting IT this team is overachieving and why!!! Because of RAFFA,
    – [ ] don’t get me wrong I sure do think our manager wants to go down in our history as a winner of silverware, but Heyyy, how much has this man took in way of humility and disrespect from them above, WOULD ANY OTHER RESPECTED AND HIGH PROFILE MANAGER in the world put his head on the block as mr R B has
    – [ ] Regards,
    – [ ] a long suffering nufc fanatic

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  • jimiley

    Mar 3, 2018 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #35

    Munster
    Agreed. For the sake of 10 or maybe 20 million we could be relegated. It is no more than the fat man deserves. We will stay down this time if we get relegated. We must stay down until he goes.
    Its appalling but 52k keep turning up. It is not appalling enuf

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  • jimiley

    Mar 3, 2018 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #36

    Manager is unhappy with the mistakes.
    Think about it. How can you go to Liverpool and just defend and expect to win. No team can do that. The best you can do is get a nil nil. Every team makes mistakes but the best score 4 for every mistake. If you cannot score , nine times out of ten you lose.

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  • jimiley

    Mar 3, 2018 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #37

    Rafa is a good manager but not a great manager. Good tactician and organizer but importantly his assessment of players is dubious.

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  • Our Toon

    Mar 3, 2018 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #38

    Always had this down as a loss, the performance was awful though. Can anyone explain what the game Plan was? It looked as if we were happy to walk away without a spanking.

    Hoofball to Gayle as well!!

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  • Belfast

    Mar 3, 2018 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #39

    The tracking back from both centre midfielders for that second goal was a joke like.

    And sorry check. But Merino was piss poor all day. He played like he was hungover and got caught in possession time and time again.
    Dilly dallies on the ball more than Scott Parker.

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  • Belfast

    Mar 3, 2018 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #40

    Shelvey and Diame is our best partnership and probably key to staying up. If we’re stuck with today’s partnership we’re fcuked. Doesn’t work at all.

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