This was a massive game today and we were hoping for a win which could have made us almost safe in the Premier League.
But instead, after being the better side for 80 minutes, we gave away a poor penalty (by Yedlin) and Crystal Palace could have scored again with Newcastle trying to equalize and leaving things too open at the back.
It seems that the game turned out in tactics as Rafa had told the players during the week, but we continue to miss chances to put these games away.
Jonjo Shelvey replaces Ki in the second half
Now we have a difficult game at Leicester on Friday night.
This is what Rafa said after the game in his press conference:
“My frustration today is that we lost a game that we deserved to win and it was a massive game.”
“We did everything to win the game for 80 minutes, and we didn’t do it and it’s something that we have to learn.”
“As I have said so many times, in the final third, the final decisions and manage the game, keep the balance.”
“We talk sometimes about attack, attack – we were attacking, but at the same time, we have to be aware that they are very dangerous on the counter-attack.”
“We did that for 80 minutes and after the goal, we were not capable of managing the last 15 minutes at the end.”
“You cannot give a team that is so dangerous two or three chances to play on the counter-attack in the last minutes.”
“Even if you have to score, you have to keep the team well-organized and then regain the ball, like we did for 80 minutes.”
“It was so disappointing because we were talking about that during the whole week and in the team-talk and it was very clear.”
“It was clear for a while and then after when we made a mistake, we continued making mistakes in the last minutes.”
It’s never been easy to support Newcastle and today proved it once again.