Rafa Benitez reflected after what could prove a disastrous night for Newcastle United.
Against an injury hit Everton side who offered little, Newcastle saw the woodwork deny Matt Ritchie with Jordan Pickford well beaten.
It was then gutting to see the scousers go up the other end and Newcastle gift yet another goal, this time Karl Darlow making a feeble attempt to hold onto a weak header, Rooney following up to score.
To then see Mikel Merino hit a 30+ yard effort that left the Everton keeper with no chance but his the keeper’s left post and then rebound out of play past the other post, you kind of guess it isn’t going to be your night.
Rafa Benitez claimed it was ‘unbelievable’ that Newcastle went in a goal down with ‘the chances we had’.
It was unlucky but apart from the two that hit the woodwork, Newcastle rarely caused the Everton keeper any real problems, I can’t really remember him making a difficult save.
Everton came out for the second half and instead of sitting back and letting Newcastle get easily up the pitch, they pushed up and made it very difficult/impossible for Newcastle. Teh home side’s lack of pace and creativity leaving them struggling to create any chances to save the game.
“The way that we were playing, the chances that we had, it was unbelievable to go in at half-time losing 1-0.
“I think the team was working so hard and making clear chances, good chances, then we made a mistake and then the second half, when you are losing for us and not too much experience, it is difficult to manage. Then they were just wasting time.”
‘How is Karl Darlow after the game?’
“Everybody is a bit down because we lost together, that is the main thing.
“If we avoid the mistakes we will have more chances to win games.
“This is a team that has to learn and avoid these mistakes.”
Jonjo Shelvey red card:
“It’s difficult, because, for the second one, I think he knew that it was a very dangerous counter-attack.
“It’s different to the other one.
“You don’t have control in this case. It’s part of the game.
“We’ll miss him, but we have to manage.”
Asked when he needs to know his January transfer budget:
“As soon as possible but I don’t know when (that will be).
“We have the money from the summer window – I think we have some money but I need to know how much.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 0 Everton 1
Everton: Rooney 27
Possession was Everton 45% Newcastle 55%
Total shots were Everton 7 Newcastle 16
Shots on target were Everton 4 Newcastle 4
Corners were Everton 1 Newcastle 4
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Darlow, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie (Aarons 74), Shelvey (sent off 90+4), Merino (Perez 86), Atsu, Diame (Joselu 67), Gayle
Elliot, Clark, Hayden, Murphy
(Read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the game HERE)
(Read the match ratings for all Newcastle players HERE)
(Read what Wayne Rooney said after the match HERE)