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Benitez More Worried About Newcastle’s Mistakes Than Goalkeeper’s Antics

Newcastle gave a fighting second-half performance yesterday after going 2-0 down in the first 32 minutes against Everton.

And it was Rondon and a brace from Perez in the final 25 minutes that gave us a famous victory against Everton and our 5th successive win at home.

It was also our 5th win and 16 points from the previous eight league games since we were beaten 2-0 at home by the Red Devils in the first game of the year.

One of the big talking points in the first half was when former Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford deliberately brought down Salomon Rondon in the penalty area to stop him from shooting after the goalkeeper had mishandled the ball.

Ayoze Perez after scoring

A penalty was given but not even a yellow card for the deliberate foul in the penalty area.

And most pundits thought it should have been a red card.

And then Matt Ritchie missed his first penalty for Newcastle, and a big chance was lost to get back into the game.

Pickford had an erratic game in goal as he was jeered by the Newcastle fans continuously throughout the game.

And the England goalkeeper seemed to lose his concentration a few times.

Rafa wasn’t worried about the Pickford foul although he thought it was probably a yellow card.

He was more worried about Matt Ritchie missing the penalty and then Everton going 2-0 up a couple of minutes later.

And Ritchie, Almiron, and Rondon had been practicing penalties during the week, and Rafa says a lot of them were going in.

This is what the Newcastle manager had to say after the game about whether Pit=ckford should have been sent off as reported in the Shields Gazette:

“No. It could be a yellow card, but that’s it. I’m not too worried about that.”

“It’s more about the fact that we missed the penalty and we conceded a goal.”

“We were practicing penalties the other day with Ritchie, Miguel Almiron, and Salomon Rondon, and they were scoring a lot of goals.”

“I don’t think we deserved to lose 2-0 in the way that we were playing.”

“We had some chances, and then we made some mistakes in terms of second balls and gave them the chance with the quality they have to play behind or in between.”

“We miss a penalty and one minute after, we concede, so things were going against us.”

“But at half-time, we were talking about staying calm, keep going, be sure that if we score one goal, we will be back in the game.”

It was a great win by Newcastle but only after we had made it difficult for ourselves in that first half.

And now we have a chance to get another 3 points at Bournemouth next Saturday afternoon, and hopefully, we can cut out the mistakes.

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8 comments so far

  • Novocastrian66

    Mar 10, 2019 at 6:56 AM

    Comment #1

    Apparently Everton had only lost one game in their history when leading 2-0 at halftime, until yesterday.

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 10, 2019 at 7:03 AM

    Comment #2

    “Newcastle United came from two goals down to win a Premier League game for the first time since October 2003 against Fulham under Sir Bobby Robson.”

  • Ben Afri

    Mar 10, 2019 at 7:04 AM

    Comment #3

    The only thing better than reading all the gripe against Pickford on Everton’s blogs is being on this blog after such a fantastic win!

    “I can’t even say it’s the wrong result. Pickford should have been sent off and he played horrendously and seems like he’s good for 2-3 mental errors a game and at least a castrostrophy every 5.”

    “But the prime masterminds of this defeat are Pickford, Silva and Keane. ”

    “have seen a number of comments on twitter that said it was the change of formation that did us in….I don’t think so….In the 10 or 15 minutes leading up to NC’s 1st goal, they had numerous chances where they should have scored. It was getting too easy for them to get through, and we were making some last minute saves, or they were bottling their shots. Lots of pointing at each other from our defense. I said to my daughter, that this is taking all the fun out of watching a game when we are up 2-0, when you know the other team its about to score. We needed a 3rd goal to ice the game. Pickford should have gotten a Red for that tackle. He did his usual – he is one of the best shot stoppers in the league, but has no field awareness. When he mishandles a shot – it inevitably lands in a dangerous place.”

    This next quote isn’t even from a fan. It’s the last two paragraphs of the actual article…

    “Defensive errors, goalkeeping mistakes, and general apathy meant that Everton did what they always do when faced with even the slightest bit of success – they wet the bed. There is no self-belief. There is no plan. There are precious little tactics. When faced with adversity, Silva loses his head, and his players are all too happy to follow suit.

    In the end, there is only pain. The pain of hope lost, and the pain of consistently having your weekend ruined by supporting this sorry excuse for a football club. What’s the point? Is there a point? Everton certainly don’t seem to think there is; why should we?”

    Say what you will about our club, but I have never ever seen any of our fans or articles asking “what’s the point” of supporting our club. Even when we’re losing and moaning about our owner, we’re at least united

  • Bigjim67

    Mar 10, 2019 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #5

    I’m on my way to work with a stinker of a hangover but I’m still buzzing over that performance so a good day awaits, still not seen any highlights so will watch that this evening. Enjoy today lads and lasses hwtl.

  • Jib

    Mar 10, 2019 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #6

    If you had to choose between a wonderful wife
    A really nice car

    Which would you pick ?
    Petrol or Diesel

  • Ben Afri

    Mar 10, 2019 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #7

    Regarding some of what I’ve noticed about our game. Yes, Lascelles should never have been beaten. But that clearance by Ritchie was appalling. Had that clearance been headed out into that position from inside the box, many would agree that it would have been terrible defending. But from the position where Ritchie cleared it, that was school boy stuff.

    Secondly, I am not sure why Ritchie seems to avoid using Miggy’s runs. Almiron makes some of the best runs into space and Ritchie decides to go inside. Some may argue that Miggy’s runs create space by dragging a defender out of position but what Ritchie is doing is passing the ball back to our own centre backs most times. It’s as if he doesn’t trust him. Conjecture it may be, but there is definitely no cohesion between Miggy and Almiron.

    That said, I do commend Ritchie’s heart. He’s a fantastic ambassador for the work ethic that encapsulates Rafa’s ideal character at the club.

    Hayden was fantastic. I’m really impressed by his all round performance. His positioning was faultless. His timing in tackling was that of a seasoned veteran. Some of his forward passing was graceful. And I never see him complaining.

    Schar was perhaps overwhelmed by emotion yesterday. He was clearly frustrated when we were down and nothing was going our way. He seemed to be another character Rafa needs to man manage the way he’s done with Shelvey.

    Speaking of which, I admire Shelvey’s dedication to improving. I was impressed by him requesting more game time with the under 23’s so when his time chance came to make it back into the 1st team, I think he’s earned it. But then getting booked for mouthing off to the referee!?

    Dummet was fantastic when he came on! I haven’t read through everyone’s responses on this blog but to me, the person who seemed to have sparked the solidity that gave us the solid platform to move forward with confidence was Dummet’s sturdy introduction. I’m not sure if he played left back in a back four, but to me it looked like we kept our 3 CB shape and he just slotted in at LCB. Love that position for him. I’d like for him to be given that role alongside Fernandez and Lejeune.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 10, 2019 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #8

    Hell of an afternoon from the depths of despair to high as a kite in 90 minutes.
    Just after half time all the results were going against us – back in the relegation mire then whoomf.

    First half thought we were second best all over the pitch – even first to every ball pressed us up the pitch which made us resort to backpacking to Dubravka – some put him under a lot of pressure and a lot of hopeful long balls out of defence. We also made to many mistakes i.e. Ritchie’s clearance for first goal and to many passes going astray. Yet at the same time created a couple of chances with Almiron being the outstanding player.
    After the penalty fiasco and their second goal we forgot about playing football and berating the useless referee Mason.
    Second half game changed pressed Everton back missed a gilt edge chance and from then on Everton wilted.
    Merit marks
    Dubravka 7 – For all of Everton pressure first half had nothing much to do except field back passes – might of done better second goal
    Yedlin 6 – thought he was poor defending – gives the attacker far to much space to work in – but does not get much cover tho – I would say Manquilla is the better defender but Yedlin gives ud so much more going forward
    LeJuene 8 – Pick of our defenders – reads the danger situations well and didn’t waste a ball.
    Lascalles 7 – Seemed to be struggling first half – could of been the knee injury – got carried away in the Mason refereeing decisions and lucky with a stupid tackle on the byeline.
    Schar 7 – Not at his best defending looked slow and to many of his long passes went astray when he did have the ball (wish the crowd would stop shouting Shoot when he has the ball – gone to his head yesterday)
    Ritchie 8 – Apart from his ball out of defence which led to their first goal had a good game and passed to Almiron for a change. up and down the left side all game must of covered miles.
    Hayden 8.5 – Diame without the free kicks – Another excellent game in the centre of midfield – broke up countless Everton attacks tended to play the easy pass first half backwards sideways first half but second half went forward.
    Ki 7 – never stopped always in space good on the ball but got lost in the first half mess of a game – better second half but tired before being subbed
    Perez 9 – My man of the match – got pelters on here first half – unjustified – never stopped involved in everything first half could of scored but from a good save from Pickford. second half ran Everton defence ragged scored two and linked up brilliantly for Rondon’s Goal. Great awareness for his two ‘Goal poacher’ goals even if the second was off-side
    Almiron 8 – thought he had good game – stand out player first half with his speed and runs down the left ran out of puff a bit second half yet hit a swerving screamer that led to Perez’s first. great outlet when we are under pressure with his speed. Be on the score sheet soon.
    Had his fan club in the Bridge before the game – Four Americans were in the pub with lasses with their new bobble hats and scarfs fellas with their baseball caps.
    Rondon 8 – Another old fashioned centre forwards game, got kicked/fouled all afternoon, got up and got on with it – held the ball up well showed some nimble touches on the ball – deserved his goal.

    Dummett 7 – did well when he came on – great last ditch tackle early on and pulled a great save out of Pickford.
    Shelvey 6 – slotted in straight away had a good game –
    Kenedy 4 – Got a first touch like a mule – spark just not there from last season

    Referee 10 – for not sending Pickford off – our match winner and not chalking off our third goal – nah 1 merit mark absolute useless display for both sides let fouls go. Give fouls when not fouls booked players for least bit thing Schar and Shelvey instead of having a word in their ea.

    Rafa 8 – Cannot complain with his starting side – maybe game plan did not go well first half slow out of our blocks Half time talk to stay calm and if we get a chance they might crumble was right.
    Second half bringing Dummett on and going to a back four worked a treat
    Kenedy substitution – might of tried Muto if on the bench


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