I suppose one thing we should be grateful for is that at least we don’t have an Alan Pardew of Steve McClaren trying to tell us that actually Newcastle were just unlucky at Portman Road on Monday afternoon.

Rafa Benitez has admitted his team never got going and can’t put his finger on exactly why, whilst the players are also on the same page.

Daryl Murphy made it five goals in only six Championship starts (plus seven from the bench) for Newcastle United but this was anything but a dream return for the striker.

He was starved of service and could only watch as Ipswich were better all over the pitch and played higher quality football.

Daryl Murphy says Newcastle ‘just weren’t good enough’ and it was ‘probably the worst we’ve played’.

No watching Newcastle fan would have disagreed.

The one-time Ipswich star claims that his former club ‘have got some good players who can hurt you’ but the truth is that they are no better or worse than most teams in this division.

If Newcastle put in a 7 out of 10 performance then they win pretty much every game at this level, I would hate to say how many out of 10 I would give the NUFC players for that display.

Certainly it would be very close to 0 out of 10 for character.

Thank goodness for Huddersfield throwing it away at Derby in the final stages, so at least we are still looking at yesterday’s performance as ‘what on earth happened there’, rather than looking at potential disaster.

Daryl Murphy:

“First half we were absolutely awful all over the pitch, probably the worst we’ve played.

“Second half, we got a goal back and then we came into the game a bit more. We were on top, and then conceded another goal – it just knocked us back.

 “It killed us really.

“I can’t put my finger on it…we just weren’t good enough.

“As disappointed as we are, we just need to look at the next game now.

“Obviously we will watch the video back and see the things we should have done better, make sure we put it right in the next one.

“I knew it was going to be a hard place to come to, a very hard working and organised team. They have got some good players who can hurt you.

“The goal is nothing really, if we had drawn or won it would have mattered.

It (promotion) is still in our own hands, we just need to concentrate on the next game, make sure we are up for it.

“We get a rest now and then get into training and work on what we need to.”

  • TheNutJob

    Nee bottle when it comes to the crunch, bunch of cry babies + the manager needs to look in the mirror & get it sorted

  • Wor Lass

    To be honest, the reason is clear – too many key changes. We needed to keep the momentum of Friday`s performance going. Perez had the best game for ages, Mitro was a real handful and Mbemba was starting to show that he is a footballing CB. We gave leeds the runaround and the players must have been thinking that was the start of better things. Then – wham! – 5 changes. Momentum gone.

  • TubbyMunky

    Little..if any..experience of fighting for promotion, players like Lascelles believing their own hype..too many changes made against Ipswich..not enough players willing to grab the game by the scruff of the neck..Fat Mike not giving Rafa money in January…

  • Thefootballerwhocouldfly

    Footy is a game of confidence…. had we won against Leeds perhaps we may have won or drawn the Ipswich match? However, the inept display proves wholesale changes are needed over the summer especially if we gain promotion.

  • Malcolm Fisher

    Rafa is changing the team too often,they cannot gel. If he does not know his best 11/14 players by now, he never will. Successful sides do not make loads of team changes every week,only through injuries or suspensions,not willy nilly. Remember the last time we gave away a 12 point lead in the last months of the season?