We were denied a penalty in stoppage time last night, and that was while three goals were being scored – two by Nottingham Forest, unfortunately.
Newcastle didn’t seem to get the rub of the green last night, but we didn’t play well either.
And while Rafa was not happy with the refereeing, he refused to comment on it during his TV interviews after the game last night.
But he is adamant today there are no big issues behind the scenes at Newcastle or in the dressing room.
Rafa Benitez – we deserved more
This is what he has said as reported in Chronicle Live today:
“There are no big issues.” “In the game you want players competing and who care.”
“There are things that can happen in the dressing room that can happen, but the atmosphere is good.”
“Jamaal was training outside today, I don’t know if Ritchie was outside, Manquillo was outside.”
“We have certain players who are injured. That happens. For Saturday there are doubts on Ritchie, Jamaal, and Manquillo.”
“There’s no chance for Jonjo. Each one is different.”
“IWe are disappointed, we lost the game, and even more was the way we lost, we conceded early goal, they were not creating clear chances, we didn’t have clear chances either.”
“We could see what happened at the end, the way you lose you have to be disappointed, it’s not the first time this year this has happened.”
“The positive thing for me is you could see the reaction from the team but we have to manage the situation better.”
“The decisions weren’t in our favor and it was difficult to take.”
“A lot of players seem to do well in terms of effort, they were working hard, it was a question of managing the final minutes better.
“After the penalty appeal, we had the feeling we deserved more.”
Rafa will know this is a huge disappointment for our fans and it’s the third time we have been eliminated from a Cup by a lower division team in the last two years.
But there’s not much we can do about it now.
We somehow have to get some points out of our next two games – at Manchester City on Saturday in the late game and then two weeks later when Arsenal come to town – after the International break.
We need to start picking up wins, but the next two games are extremely difficult and stretch over three weeks from Saturday – so things may not improve quickly.
Unless we take both City and Arsenal apart?
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