Summing up what he witnessed on Saturday afternoon, Rafa Benitez defended his players against claims that they’s got carried away with the six goal thrashing of QPR.
The United boss saying that the Wolves defeat was simply down to the team making the wrong ‘football decisions’.
Rafa adding that with Wolves being organised and working hard, it was enough to send them to a first defeat in seven matches thanks to their own failings.
Some supporters questioned whether it was right to make changes for changes sake after the QPR match, with Mitrovic dropping to the bench and Dwight Gayle struggling to make an impact as a lone striker with little help.
The simple fact is that in any match, if you go a goal behind you then are always at risk of seeing the game slip away and the opposition grow in confidence.
When Rafa Benitez talks of making the ‘wrong decisions’ that first goal perfectly summed up the defeat, Jamaal Lascelles making a run up field and losing possession, then Wolves instantly counter-attacking and the move ending with that shocker of an attempted defensive header by Chancel Mbemba.
Two players that had been so reliable in this winning run, both making…wrong decisions.
“I didn’t expect to start the game as we started – we started this game making mistakes.
“The own goal was worse, as it was when we had more control and it gave them the opportunity to believe and to keep working hard.
“The second goal was the same…another mistake.
“They were organised and worked hard but we were making the wrong decisions.
“Our football decisions were wrong and we kept putting ourselves under pressure.
“I didn’t think the players were carried away after Tuesday, they knew how important it was to concentrate and do the right things.
It was more about the decisions they made, the football decisions were wrong and so we put ourselves under pressure.
“We have to analyse what went wrong and try to correct things as soon as possible.
“We are not very happy now but we have to concentrate on the next game, try to do things in the way we were doing them before.”
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