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Rafa Benitez Frustrated With Defeat In “Massive Game”

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.

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4 comments so far

  • jane

    Apr 6, 2019 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #1

    “Retail tycoon Mike Ashley has offered a £150m cash injection to ailing retailer Debenhams – as long as he can become its chief executive.”


  • jane

    Apr 6, 2019 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #2

    “Sports Direct has offered to underwrite £150m of new equity funding for the retailer but only if Mr Ashley becomes chief executive and £148m of debt is written off by lenders, who include banks and hedge funds.”

    put in £150m if £148 is written off seems a good deal

  • jane

    Apr 6, 2019 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #3

    “If Mr Ashley’s latest offer is turned down by Debenhams’ lenders, the company is likely to enter a pre-planned administration, possibly as early as next week.”

    nicely played Mike

  • jane

    Apr 6, 2019 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #4

    “However, under the deal’s conditions, shareholders including Mr Ashley would see their stakes in the company wiped out.”

    ok get rid of the other shareholders good move


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