Newcastle lost 2-1 at home to Wolves when we played the newly promoted side on December 9th.
In that game, it was a stoppage-time header from Matt Doherty beat a 10 man Newcastle.
The winning goal was scored as Ayoze Perez seemed to have been fouled (elbowed) by Willie Boly in the Wolves penalty area but the referee simply waved play on.
We haven’t had much help from referees this season.
DeAndre Yedlin had been sent off after 52 minutes for what is termed a professional foul and that didn’t help our cause.
Rafa Benitez welcomes Nuno Espírito Santo on December 9th
Rafa thought at the time it was a really harsh sending off and was livid at the end of the game.
The manager had this to say in the Shield’s Gazette about tomorrow night’s game at Molineux: he wants players to forget what happened back on December 9th:
“We knew after the game watching the replays that everything was wrong and we didn’t deserve to lose the game, but we cannot change that.”
“We have to concentrate now on this one. “It’s an opportunity for us because every game for us is a final.”
“So this is the first one and we have to play all the finals with everybody concentrated and focused on that.”
“They are doing well. They have a good manager, they have very good players.”
“We talk about the newly-promoted teams, but they have spent more than £100M, some of them.”
“So it’s not the same as when you have another promoted team, for example like Huddersfield, who spent some money, but still there’s a big difference.”
“If you see the players that they have, they have champions of Europe, they have players who play at international level.”
“They are a good team doing really well.”
After both Cardiff and Burnley won their games yesterday they jumped above Newcastle in the league.
We are now in 17th position and the squad flies off to Murcia, Spain immediately after the match.
So it would be excellent if we can win this game and haul ourselves up the table and back to 15th place
What do you think?