It’s not too often that you see high balls come into the Newcastle area and the opposition heads them home with ease.
But that’s happened with the first and third goals on Saturday and it was simply poor defending from the Newcastle team.
With just four minutes to go and the score at 2-2 on another day, we could have won this game.
We took nothing out of this game but we should have but I suppose we have to move on.
Rafa Benitez – waves to the crowd on Saturday
Rafa was not happy with the defense and after the game, he had this to say as reported in the Chronicle:
“The third goal, it’s not even a foul and the other two, we could do much better.”
“You play against a very good team and you concede three goals from set-pieces, so you’re disappointed.”
“But at the same time, you know they didn’t have clear chances and you were dong a good job.”
“But when you concede and you react, and then you concede again and you react, it’s fine, it’s good, it’s positive, but you cannot make these mistakes.”
“I would say that at this point, we were pushing really hard, so at this point, we were more dangerous.”
“We didn’t have any problems in defense – even if they changed the system and put more on more offensive players, or they tried to change player to have fresh legs.”
“I don;t think we had too many problems and we were more dangerous.”
“Then we had this foul that wasn’t and we conceded a goal – they have some good players, they can do these things – but at that point, we were close because Atsu had a chance and then after, we had more space.”
“They needed to go higher and they were leaving more space for us, so I think we were really unlucky with this goal.”
When we review how we did on Saturday against Liverpool we’ve got to be happy.
We gave them all they could handle and Newcastle United will have gained fans around the world with that gritty and spirited performance.
Our lads gave it everything they had – we cannot ask for more.