Rafa said that Jamaal Lascelles missed the game today because of an ankle injury.
He should be back for the game at Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night, but it looks like Jonjo Shelvey will be out for a couple of weeks.
It does give some of our five new players a chance, and all five played today in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea with four of them starting the game.
Rafa Benitez – this afternoon on the touchline
Rafa made six changes in total for the game today from last week’s starting eleven at Cardiff.
This is what Rafa said after the game about his game-plan:
“It depends on the players you have. If I had Eden Hazard I would give it to him and he would make the difference.”
“We know that we can be better with the ball, but I think we did well until the end.”
“Jamaal Lascelles has an ankle problem but he is already working with the physios but Jonjo Shelvey will have to wait one or two weeks.”
Hopefully, Jamaal will be fine for the next game. Jonjo may need a couple of weeks.”
“It was frustrating. We were working so hard, so close.”
“Against these teams you can lose because they play a quick pass, a fantastic cross but to concede two goals and a doubtful penalty and free-kick and not win the second ball, I’m disappointed.”
“I think we were nearly there. Last year we were the best team in the bottom ten with goal difference and maybe we stayed up for that.”
“When I was at Liverpool we beat Real Madrid 4-0 – we were offensive. I was offensive at Napoli.”
“You are at Newcastle in the Premier League – you have what you have. Credit to my players for the effort. It depends on the cards you have.”
“Each team is different. It depends on the players you have.”
There’s a message in there for Mike Ashley.