It was a bad day all around for Newcastle yesterday.
Not only did we lose a massive game at home to Crystal Palace but it looks like stalwart Florian Lejeune has picked up another serious knee injury and he could be out for some time – months.
Rafa was disappointed in the goal we conceded – a penalty given away after 81 minutes when DeAndre Yedlin fouled Wilfried Zaha – the last person you want to get near to in the penalty area.
Rafa had talked about Zaha’s danger in the box yet we still made the mistake that finally was the difference between the two sides and Palace gained 4 points on us.
If we had won yesterday, we would have been 2 points ahead of them and maybe even safe in the league for this season.
DeAndre Yedlin touches Wilfried Zaha in the penalty box
He was asked after the game in his press conference whether it was disappointing to concede such a goal:
“Yes, because we knew how dangerous Zaha is and we were watching the clips about situations and especially this one – against Wolves, it was another penalty.”
“We had four defenders around, so we made a mistake.”
” I cannot be disappointed with one mistake, I am disappointed with too many things that we didn’t do well, especially after conceding the goal.”
“During the game, we were attacking and we could have been more clinical or made better decisions in the final third, but it is something that we have seen during the whole season.”
“But when we conceded the goal, I think we had to manage a little bit better.” “We were playing in a rush and giving the ball away and making the wrong decisions.”
“I don’t say that even doing the right things, we could have scored a goal and got a point, but at least you have to try to do the right things and not play under pressure.”
We’ll have to try to move on from what was a huge disappointment yesterday.
Let’s hope the lads can get back to their winning ways at Leicester City on Friday night.
That’s what we need.