Benitez revealed there was some disagreement in the dressing room between goalkeeper Martin Dubravka and captain Jamaal Lascelles – two strong voices in the Newcastle dressing room.
You can see in the photo below that Lascelles is devastated with the late goal, and there were words at the time between the players after the goal was conceded.
Newcastle had a fair shout that Willy Boly had fouled Dubravka going for the ball, but there was no call from referee Graham Scott of Oxfordshire.
And we had dropped 2 points in the final seconds of the game.
It was all very hard to take.
Newcastle concede costly late equalizer last night
Rafa explained there was some (heated) discussion of the equalizer in the dressing room:
“The disappointment is clear for everyone,”
“Martin was talking about more protection, Jamaal was saying Martin could deal with the cross in another way. It was another bad way to concede.”
“You have to be really disappointed with the way we conceded in both games against this team,”
“It was maybe a foul before too. You can say many things like the 94 minutes, but it will not change what happened.”
“Like the first game, we couldn’t say too much and it didn’t change what happened.”
“The first game we had a player with a broken nose, we conceded in the last minute and we should have had a penalty and there should have been a red card, but nobody said anything.”
“The situation is to protect the goalkeeper, so you’re supposed to protect the keeper. We have been here for years, and it’s very difficult to explain that.”
“I’m disappointed, and I was happy with the performance of the team,”
“I’m happy with a lot of things and happy with the way we played. “
“We played against a good team, we have one more point and it’s a pity.”
“I knew we could cope quite well. “The team, as a team, put in the effort. They have some players with the quality and it was a good display.”
“We go to Spain now, try to train well and be together for the new players for the new team mates,”