It was unlike Rafa Benitez on Sunday to complain about the referee Mike Dean after the game.
Rafa was upset after the game we lost in the 94th minute and he though Dean made two errors that cost us dearly.
The first one was in sending DeAndre Yedlin off when he pulled on Diogo Jota’s shirt; Yedlin was deemed to be the last man, and therefore it was a red card, but Lascelles was cutting in to challenge Jota.
It could have gone either way.
And then Willy Boly elbowed Ayoze Perez in the face following a cross, but Dean just waved play on.
That was a vital let-off for Wolves because there were just 8 minutes to play and Newcastle were playing well with 10 men.
Willy Boly elbows Ayoze Perez in the face
Diame was asked about the two incidents but refused to get drawn into the argument during an interview with the Chronicle:
“What do you want me to say? We lost.”
“Of course it’s difficult to be playing against a good team like Wolves with ten men and we don’t know whether a couple of the decisions were right for us.”
“But we need to make sure we don’t lose even if we don’t win. Huddersfield is another final for us now.”
“Nothing really has changed in terms of the next two games, what we need is points and we need those in the next two matches, and we needed those whatever the result against Wolves.”
“The attitude and desire we showed, we have to keep that up, and hope we get more than a last minute goal scored against us to lose.”
“Even with ten men we have to be more concentrated than we were at the end because we conceded that goal and lost the game.”
Next up for Newcastle are Huddersfield next Saturday afternoon at John Smith’s Stadium, and that’s a game we cannot lose and hope to win to help pull away from the relegation zone.
Newcastle need to do that so that a possible takeover is not held up due to relegation being a problem.
To vote for Rafa for Manager of the Month go here and scroll to the very bottom of the page past the shortlist of the nominees where there is a table of the nominees and click on Rafa.
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