The great thing when you have a manager who knows what he is doing, is that they keep their head when everybody around them is losing theirs.
So when Newcastle United give QPR their worst ever home league defeat in the club’s entire history, Rafa Benitez wasn’t dancing in the streets, nor was he sobbing in the gutter when Wolves surprised most with their deserved win on Saturday.
Asked about the defeat, Rafa’s simple reaction is that ‘I’m disappointed but it is something that can happen’ and then he moves on, ‘You have to analyse why (Newcastle lost) – that is my concern now, to find solutions’.
The United boss gives Wolves credit for pressing and making life difficult for his players but it is clear that Rafa Benitez sees much of the damage as being self-inflicted. Rafa saying that his players had stopped doing the simple things and kept losing the ball and putting pressure on themselves, by making the wrong and more difficult choices.
Speaking of wrong decisions, Rafa Benitez didn’t even think it was a foul, never mind a sending off, when Vurnon Anita was dismissed late on in the game.
Rafa Benitez speaking to the official club website:
“We didn’t play well, from the beginning we were making too many mistakes.
“Bad decisions, giving the ball away, giving them the belief they could do something and then scoring an own goal…that was even worse.
“So we have to learn quickly and start to play in a different way if we want to manage and control the games.”
‘Can you pinpoint the difference to the QPR game?’
“The other team was waiting, they were pressing and instead of doing the simple things we were doing the difficult things: difficult passes – giving the ball away.
“When you are making mistakes you put yourself under pressure.”
‘Vurnon Anita’s red card?’
“It probably wasn’t even a foul, so we were surprised to see a foul and then after, the red card.”
‘You were preparing to make substitutions and then Wolves scored their second goal?’
“It’s true, I was thinking about changing things, something different to the team. Then we conceded a goal and have a more difficult situation.
“I’m disappointed but it (losing the game) is something that can happen.
“You have to analyse why – that is my concern now, to find solutions.”