Newcastle put in a very sloppy performance yesterday following on from the poor performance at Everton when we lost 1-0.
We lost 1-0 to the bottom of the league side West Brom who have now taken 8 points from their last four games.
Rafa was not happy after the Everton game, and he’s certainly not happy with this one.
The loss snapped our four-game winning streak at home, and it seems that once we got to the milestone of 40 points, the players are just too relaxed and have lost their edge.
Rafa Benitez – very unhappy with the performance
A goal from Matt Phillips after 29 minutes was enough to win the game for the Baggies.
In truth, it was a game that always looked like a possible banana skin for Newcastle.condemned Benitez’s side to a 1-0 loss at St James’s Park this afternoon.
This is what Rafa said after what was another poor game from a Newcastle viewpoint:
“I was not happy after Everton, and I’m unhappier now.”
“When you are safe, you still don’t want to see performances like that. It’s hard to understand.”
“It’s important to stay up. Nobody was expecting we could finish ninth or tenth. It’s important we are giving everything.”
“We had two or three chances that could be different, and we would be talking about other game.”
“That’s football. You have to take your chances.”
“The players were a bit relaxed. You don’t want to see that. We made too many mistakes and made the wrong decision too many times.”
“That’s why we lost the game. “We didn’t play well.”
“They worked hard and needed to win. Everything was wrong from the first minute.”
“We have the ball away every single time in easy positions.”
Rafa will likely make some changes for our next match at Watford next Saturday, and he will demand a much better performance.
We don’t want to end this season playing poorly and losing games.
We have now lost 16 games and won 11 – with three games to play.
On paper, yesterday’s game was the easiest match we had remaining.
We cannot complain too much because we are safe in the Premier League – the only goal for this season.
Newcastle will do better next season with Rafa still at the helm.