Rafa Benitez was not happy with the performance of his Newcastle team over the last two games which have both ended up as 1-0 defeats after we had won four games in a row.
Newcastle were very poor in the 1-0 home defeat bt West Brom, and there were just too many mistakes made.
But Rafa will now have a full week to prepare for our game at Watford on Saturday and it’s important we don’t make it three defeats in a row with the Hornets only 3 points behind us.
Matt Phillips – scored the only goal of the game on Saturday
This is what Rafa said to the local reporters after the game on Saturday:
“We were working so hard to be safe that when you achieve that, it’s more difficult,”
“But you could see the team was running so it’s not a lack of effort. It’s more that it was wrong decisions all the time, from the first minute to the last one.”
“In terms of effort we were trying, we played with two strikers and Kenedy. We were trying to score.”
“But we didn’t do well because we made too many mistakes. When you have a team that is defending well and is well organized.”
“You have to be precise in your passes and then the right decisions. Everything we were doing was wrong.”
“For sure, they know that they’re not playing at the level that we used to play.”
“It’s obvious that the team was making a great effort to be where we are, and now it’s two or three things that we didn’t do right and you pay for that.”
It’s a reminder that we have done a great job, but still, we need to improve if we want to be stable in the Premier League.”
“We have plenty of room for improvement.”
It’s likely Rafa will make one or more changes to the starting line-up at Watford to give other players a chance to shine.
We are currently in 10th place and it would be great if we can finish in the top ten this season.