Rafa Benitez reacts to one point from the last twenty one with a simple message – ‘I have to keep going’.

The United boss says that he sees the players train every day and how hard they work.

The problem being that they are making mistakes in matches, mistakes which he believes end up in goals conceded almost every time.

This run of results has coincided with generally better opposition than in the early stages of the season – but that is little comfort to manager or fans as the team drop down the table.

It is Everton on Wednesday and failure to take something from that match will add massive pressure, especially with Arsenal and Manchester City two of the three following games, as well as a tricky trip to West Ham who have just beaten Chelsea.

Rafa Benitez:

“People (players) were very disappointed.

“It is not easy when you lose a game at home, especially when the atmosphere was as good as that.

“The way that we lost the game, it is hard…

“I have to keep going, because I see how hard the players work, how hard they train everyday, so it is just a question of cutting out the mistakes.

“Sometimes you make mistakes and you are not punished – but every mistake seems to be a goal we concede.

“We have to learn and have more experience and manage it better.

“We have seen two or three situations with the same kind of goals (as Leicester’s winner). It is sometimes a lack of experience.

“The way we concede, for confidence, it is difficult but we have to keep going. We have to improve the things we are not doing well at the moment.

“These kind of mistakes, you cannot make in the Premier League, and we are doing it week in, week out.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle United 2 Leicester 3

Goals:

Newcastle: Joselu 4, Gayle 73

Leicester: Mahrez 20, Gray 60, Perez OG 86

Possession was Leicester 62% Newcastle 38%

Total shots were  Leicester 13 Newcastle 10

Shots on target were Leicester 5 Newcastle 4

Corners were  Leicester 5 Newcastle 6

Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Yedlin, Clark, Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie (Atsu 64), Hayden, Merino, Murphy (Perez 71), Joselu (Mitrovic 88)  Gayle

Unused Subs:

Elliot, Lascelles, Shelvey, Diame

Crowd: 52,117 (Leicester 3,000)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction after the defeat HERE)

(Phil Neville gives brutal overview of Newcastle team, read HERE)

(Classic Alan Shearer rant against Mike Ashley, read HERE)



  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    That`s because quality players rarely make mistakes & there isn`t any at Newcastle,
    10 yrs of asset stripping & the downsizing of players will lead to our 3rd relegation under Fatso

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      We do have 1 player of quality a 20 yr old kid, Freddie Woodman & given the chance, he`ll be gone quicker than Fatso can down a Ruby Murray

    • Wor Lass

      He`s still the number 1 cause of all of our problems. Rafa says it`s time for everyone to stick together – players, fans and staff – and I agree with him. Yes, he`s making weird selection decisions and yes, some/many of the players aren`t up to PL standard but they`re all trying and the fans are there home and away to back them. The one aspect of the club not contributing is at the very top – the fat f**kah and his hench-men. Let`s hope someone buys him out and soon!

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        there`s got to be some drastic changes on Wednesday, he can`t keep selecting the deadbeats. it defies all logic

        • Wor Lass

          Agreed. The good will IS wearing thin.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            I still support him 100% but somethings up behind closed doors & it needs sorting

          • mentalman

            i think he’s trying to get himself sacked

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            It`s a Mexican standoff, he leaves he has to pay the Fat Lad.
            the Fat Lad sacks him, he has to pay Rafa off

          • mentalman

            it says a lot about how his stock has fallen when 3 premier league teams look to Moyes, Allardyce & Pardew to get them out of a mess rather than Rafa.

          • Wor Lass

            He turned down Wes Spam and maybe Everton as well previously and why would he go to W Brom?

          • mentalman

            Because since January he’s moaned about being lied to and not had the money he needed and not having a good enough squad, so why is he turning down these premier league clubs

          • Wor Lass

            I`ve said all along that Fatty`s told him he`s selling and he`s waiting for new owners. The trouble with that scenario is it relies on taking something Fatty`s said as being true!

          • mentalman

            Nothing to do with the hellish salary he was given for a club at our level.

            I honestly think he’s risking being kept on by any new owner

          • TheFatController

            Yes, it’s likely new owners will have Pulis lined up with his cap. We need a survival specialist and if the cap fits…

          • TheFatController

            Yes, that’s a very enlightened point that I’d not considered.

          • Leazes Ender

            Ah doing an ‘Allardyce’…..

  • mentalman

    Its the same players week in week out making the same mistakes and yet they are still picked, add to that the manager keeps making the same mistakes.

    We then have a group of players who are playing in the knowledge that they aren’t going to get dropped and a group of players who know any little mistake and they’ll be out of the team.

    Eradicating the mistakes needs to start with the manager

    • Wor Lass

      What you say makes perect sense but we have to back the manager and the team because, under the ownership regime we have at present, they`re the only hope we have. Ashley is STILL the problem.

      • Scooter

        will it change under new owners, as my post says i can`t understand what Rafa`s doing

        • Wor Lass

          Yes, it`s bizarre and I don`t get it at all. Why has Jonjo sat on the bench like that – if he`s injured then he shouldn`t be there, if he`s fit he should be playing. We struggle to score goals but give our most regular scorer at the top level 3 minutes here and there if he`s lucky. I could go on. BUT the only thing that can save us is the manager we have so we have to back him through thick and thin.

          • mentalman

            Einstein’s definition of insanity was doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, therefore we not only have an insane owner but the manager is insane also

    • Steve Smith

      Different mistakes this week. Previous weeks have had us getting pasted on defending crosses. This week we were exposed down the middle on the counter.

  • Scooter

    i can`t understand his tactics or his selection of players

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Join the cloob

    • Peaky Magpie

      Or bizarre substitutions.

    • Steve Smith

      The tactics are mostly right which is supported by the fact we often take the lead in games.

      We’re losing because over the course of 90 minutes the cream will always rise to the top and the lack of quality in our squad is showing.

    • Wor Lass

      Good summary!

    • Buck Blacket

      He can’t really win though can he? Fans moaned about his reliance on 4-2-3-1 particularly at home so he has given 4-4-2 a go and we are outnumbered and overrun in midfield!

  • Leazes Ender

    Not long now until Ryder starts bin-dipping for players he deems ‘good enough’.

  • gallowgate26

    We have to keep supporting Rafa and we need our captain back in the team. Gayle needs to stay fit. If those things happen we have a chance. Gayle has answered emphatically, is he a PL goalscorer? Yes he is when fit, with good finishes against top sides. We are still above the relegation zone, it’s not like we’re six points below 17th with a mountain to climb. The players just need to get back on track, I would play Lascelles and Elliot and try to keep it very basic and avoid any mistakes. We looked very comfortable without the ball in the first games but that does tend to cause fatigue. If we go into the lead, as we have done, the players need to pass the ball around the back and keep it simple, stop booting it straight back to the opposition. That might work in the championship but against Chelsea it only took them 5 minutes to score. The five minutes after scoring and the stoppage time at the end of a half is when we’re most vulnerable, a strategy needs to be developed to kill the game during these periods. The players need to be brave and want the ball, play simple passes and triangles, 1-2,. Some of our younger midfielders look pressured into moving the ball forward as soon as possible, Perez in particular, they just lose the ball at this level and it’s straight back down the other end.

    • Wor Lass

      Some good points there.

  • TheFatController

    Explain Leicester being relegation fodder with the use of league tables and transfer spends over the last 3 seasons…?

    You asserting they are is valid as an opinion but I just wonder where they are now, and were in the last two seasons. I forget and to be honest can’t be bothered looking it up.

    Weren’t they champions league last season? Did they make the top 4 then the season before? Not much was made of that achievement, clearly?

  • Mike

    3mins to go bring on Mitro………….err um

  • Martin

    Please explain now Leicester are rubbish when they have Mahrez who on form is one of the best players in Europe? If he were to be sold in January he would be worth the same as the entire of the NUFC team.

    • ghostrider

      I said Leicester are a relegation outfit but for a FEW pacey players.
      Take Mahrez and Vardy out and they are relegation fodder and still could end up relegated.

  • Waxi

    If you are not going to invest in proven EPL quality players or the best from other leagues around the world then you are shafted. Rafa can coach this lot to bits but at the end of the day most are championship at best. The fat man did not invest so we are up against it every week. Either open the cheque book or get relegated SIMPLE.