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‘Rafa Benitez will have gone mental with the players’

5 years ago

One of Kevin Keegan’s entertainers, John Beresford watched in disbelief as Newcastle threw away their place in the League Cup semi-finals.

The one-time NUFC left-back said that he was so confident once Newcastle had at last scored, he was already thinking about who he would like in the next round when United gifted them the equaliser.

John Beresford says that the first thing you do in that situation is then make sure that ‘you see the game out’, adding that ‘Rafa Benitez will have gone mental with the players’ after gifting the comeback to Hull City.

Bez made the Hull keeper man of the match for his saves both in the game and the penalty shoot-out, in direct contrast to Matz Sels who had next to nothing to do but managed to gift the equaliser and fail to save one of the penalties which seemed to go straight through him.

John Beresford speaking after Newcastle’s cup exit to Hull:

“We looked comfortable – I talked to (former Hull player) Dean Windass before the game and he said Hull would sit back. I thought ‘I’d be surprised at that’ but they did.

“Left a lot of space for Shelvey and he dictated the game first half. It was as comfortable as I have seen us this season.

“Then second half, Shelvey started to have too many touches, slowed the game down a little too much.

“Give Hull their credit though, they pushed forward a bit more and made it more difficult.

“The sending off kills the game though, Hull are just going to get men back and frustrate Newcastle.

“I’m thinking ‘Come on, just one goal, that will do it’. We finally get that Diame goal and then I made the stupid mistake of thinking who is left in the competition, who would I like.

“As I’m thinking that, Hull scored, stupid mistake. Rafa Benitez will have gone mental with the players.

“As soon as you score you then make sure you see the game out.

“Hull’s goalkeeper was their best player, he was the difference.

“The body language of the players going up to take the penalties – told you everything. Gouffran’s penalty was woeful, I think the keeper was waiting for it to hit him, rather than having to save it.”


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