At least in the first half last night, it seems Rafa was happy enough the way the team was playing when we were 1-0 down, but we were still a bit of a threat up front.
Bu Arsenal were much better in the second half, and we conceded a poor goal on 83 minutes and Arsenal had won the game 2-0.
They are very fine margins in the Premier League and what worries us is that’s the fourth game in a row we have conceded two goals.
We have conceded 42 goals in our 32 league games, so our average per game is about 1.3.
Rafa will want to see a tightening up of our defense starting on Saturday when we have a tough game against Crystal Palace, and that game will be difficult to win.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager showing off his ball skills
This is what Rafa said after the game at his press conference last night:
“You can compete, but you have to do everything right.” “We beat Manchester City doing everything right.”
“In some cases, even doing everything right, the other team can make the difference.”
“You play against a team in the top four in the Premier League, they (Arsenal) are doing well and they play at home with a lot of confidence.
“Now we are focused on Crystal Palace and as I say every game is like a final for us.”
We expect to see Fabian Scar back in the back line on Saturday – maybe even in place of Jamaal Lascelles who had a poor game last night.
But that’s usually the case with the captain when he returns from injury – he needs a game or two to get back into the groove.
But it will be strange if Schar doesn’t start the game because as well as being an excellent defender for us he’s a threat up front too – with 3 excellent goals this season.
The Newcastle medics have already passed him fit to play following his concussion while playing for Switzerland during the International break.