Newcastle put in one of their worst performances for a long time with manager Rafa Benitez at the helm, and we lost 3-1 to Nottingham Forest tonight.
But just as in other games this season we were in the game late on when Rondon equalized two minutes into stoppage time to make the score 1-1 after former striker Daryl Murphy had put the home side ahead in the second minute.
But Newcastle went to sleep again, and we conceded two more goals in stoppage time.
Rafa Benitez – at the City Ground tonight
This must have been very hard on the 3,000 traveling fans who now have to travel back after we have lost thre of the first four games.
Well – it can only go up from here.
That’s true, isn’t it?
This is what Rafa said on Sky Sports after the game when asked if fans should be worried:
“No, don’t be concerned. They knew at the beginning it would be a difficult start to the season so we must just keep working and carrying on.”
“I am disappointed. Everyone could see what happened. I didn’t like the beginning of the game – I think the team reacted well.”
“We didn’t have much control but we were close, maybe we are missing the final pass to create the more clear chance. When we had the draw and we were there, everyone saw what happened.”
“It is a concern. We had the chances with the header in the first half and the final delivery or pass has to be better.”
“The positive today? Rondon scored a goal so you have to have your strikers scoring goals.”
In another interview – this time on Radio 5Live he said this:
“I don’t agree that Forest were the better team and I’m not concerned by how we played.”
“We did well to control the game after the first minute when we conceded. They were able to play on the counter attack.”
“We did not create many chances so we need to improve in attack and keep working hard.”
“It’s a long season, we need it was going to be hard but we have confidence in ourselves.”
We were hoping for a win tonight to get off the mark, but we’ll have to stick together – it could be a very rough first 9 league games of the season when we play five top six clubs.
Two are next – Manchester City away and then after the two-week International break, we have Arsenal at home.