Newcastle had an excellent chance to put the game against Crystal Palace to bed before half time as we dominated Crystal Palace.
But the same old faults were there for all to see as Newcastle failed to put away any of their chances.
We should have been at least 2-0 up at the half but to make it a terrible day for Newcastle DeAndre Yedlin fouled Zaha in the box with nine minutes to go to gift the points to Palace.
And before that fans had to watch Florian Lejeune stretchered off with another terrible knee injury.
Rafa is a big fan of the talented Frenchman and has said we will miss him for the last five games of the season.
Our hearts go out to Lejeune who showed his fantastic character and spirit last summer when he came back four months after suffering his first ACL injury.
No player should have to go through this – two terrible knee injuries in one year – but we’ll be supporting the Frenchman in the summer as will the rest of our fans.
Rafa Benitez – on the touchline
After the game Rafa was non-committal about his contract negotiations in his press conference:
“Yes, we can only talk about the game, that is the most important thing,”
“We had control of an important game and we could have got three points, and we could be talking about the contract because we are safe.”
“But now we have to carry on and think every game is another final. I don’t want to talk about my contract.”
“Getting it resolved quietly is what we are trying to do, but I don’t want to talk too much about that.”
While it remains unlikely at this point, Rafa could still walk if Mike Ashley retains his stubborn stance to the manager’s requirements to sign a new deal.
And unless Cardiff lose their next few games or Newcastle win ours – safety could be elusive until near the end of the season: so could Rafa agreeing to a new deal to stay at Newcastle.
Last year with five games to go we had 41 points after beating Lassiter 2-1 away and then Arsenal 2-1 at home.
This season it could take another two games – two weeks – for safety to be secured.
It was really a bad result for us on Saturday – maybe we can make up for it by beating Leicester City on Friday night?[nght.d=”1133″]