Brutal honesty from Rafa Benitez “When you play like that you have to lose”
Rafa Benitez was not a happy man on Saturday afternoon.
The Newcastle boss making clear his anger and frustration after losing 1-0 at home to West Brom.
The defeat at Everton was hoped to be a blip after four wins in a row preceded it..but based on this form, Newcastle could be following four wins in a row with five defeats.
Rafa Benitez declared after the final whistle that ‘Everything was wrong from the first minute’, difficult to disagree after watching that today.
“We tried to do it but I’m not happy with our performance on the ball, without the ball.
“Everything we did in the last few games, we didn’t do.
“We wanted to get more points to finish higher in the table but we didn’t do well today, we made a lot of mistakes and we weren’t good enough.
“We didn’t think the job was done, but it’s a pity because we’ve had a good season, but we want to finish better, too.
“I congratulate the players for a good season but we needed to be better than that today.
“The target was to stay up but if we can finish ninth we want to do that.
“It was the kind of game you don’t want to see from your team…
“Especially when you are playing to avoid relegation, you don’t want to see these performances, but when you are safe – you also don’t want to see that.
“Sometimes your players are a little bit relaxed…but they were playing with anxiety – anxiety at this stage of the season, when we have done so well, is something you can’t understand.
“We made too many mistakes, the wrong decision all the time and that is the reason why we lost the game.
“We were not playing well but you have to give credit to them because they were working hard in the position that they were, they were trying their best, they needed to win.
“For us, it was question of trying to play well, do the fight things.
“Everything was wrong from the first minute and we tried to correct things at half-time.
“In the second half we were playing too direct, too many crosses without good positions, so we were not winning any second balls.
“We were giving the ball away every single time in easy positions, without too much pressure, so when you play like that you have to lose.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 0 West Brom 1
West Brom: Phillips 29
Possession was West Brom 36% Newcastle 64%
Total shots were West Brom 9 Newcastle 17
Shots on target were West Brom 2 Newcastle 2
Corners were West Brom 1 Newcastle 5
Referee: David Coote
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett (Murphy 58) Ritchie, Shelvey, Kenedy, Perez (Joselu 78), Gayle (Slimani 65)
Darlow, Manquillo, Clark, Hayden
Crowd: 52,283 (1,000 West Brom approx)
(To read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to today’s game – Go HERE)
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(Darren Moore thought Newcastle got off lightly – Read it HERE)
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