Rafa Benitez watched on as Newcastle made it four defeats in a row, losing 1-0 to Tottenham.

After the final whistle at Wembley, the Newcastle boss was keen to quote ‘facts’.

Rafa pointing out that NUFC had 14 chances away at a top four side, as well as a couple of penalty shouts.

I’m not that convinced about Rafa’s penalty appeals but what I do know 100%, is that Newcastle had by far the better chances.

Spurs may have had more possession but in the first half, Newcastle carved out four or five very good chances.

Jonjo Shelvey hit the post with a free-kick, whilst Perez, Gayle, Lascelles and one or two others also went close.

Rafa says ‘100% we deserved something’ and nobody could disagree, however once Kane put the hosts ahead out of the blue, you don’t then realistically expect us to get back into the game.

Newcastle United, a work in progress, and one that needs plenty of work and progress this summer.

Rafa Benitez:

“100% we deserved something.

“Very pleased with the way that we were playing, the chances that we created.

“We ad 14 attempts away to Tottenham, one of the top four.

“We had two penalty appeals that were really clear, so everything could be different.

“Really proud of the team, we did everything to get something.

“We know that during this season we have had a lot of situations similar to these ones in the final third….that accuracy in the box.

“But at least you create, you go there, you control the game against one of the best teams in the Premier League.

“We definitely deserved something.

“We were doing almost everything well against a good team.

“It is a pity as Tottenham were anxious and we had enough chances to score.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Tottenham 1 Newcastle 0


Spurs: Kane 50

Possession was Spurs 63% Newcastle 37%

Total shots were Spurs 11 Newcastle 14

Shots on target were Spurs 7 Newcastle 3

Corners were Spurs 6 Newcastle 4

Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Diame, Kenedy (Murphy 71), Perez, Gayle (Joselu 76)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Hayden, Manquillo, Haidara, Merino

Crowd; 54,923  (3,100 Newcastle)

(NUFC instant fan/writer reaction to the match HERE)

  • Wezza147

    Indeed we did control the game especially in the first half and it was just a quality goal that cost us. So many missed chances but it all stems to the fact Rafa wasn’t backed, he was lied to and undermined in his quest for a quality striker.
    A really good effort by the team and hopefully we can sign off the season with a win against Chelsea!

  • Leicester Mag

    Sad frustrating thing is this team are not far off decent. We totally lack a cutting edge. Will we do anything about it sadly I fear not.

    Had to laugh tonight in a pub in South Kensington someone came up to me and asked had I found his cravat. Im just imaging this in the Bigg Market.

    • Dillon Tovak

      Luckily I found it in the end 🙏

  • Tino o

    Not sure about the possession stats 63 and 61?

    • Leazes.

      Some Journalists believe players can give 110%… its possible in this world.

      • Tino o

        It doesn’t add up?? Oh yes it does 124%!!??

  • Antenociticus

    As supporters, we’ve long said that the only thing we want is a team that tries.
    Those lads gave everything. Thank You.

    • nufcslf

      Not sure that was the case against West Brom, Everton or the first half at Watfird, though.

    • Leazes.

      I want a club that competes with its rivals….. this is a team of triers, and its not very good!

      The chronicle always put that ethos out didnt they….’so long as they try then they’re good enough for the likes of us’…..Isn’t that’s exactly why we’ve been a failing club for a lifetime, the Malcolm Macdonald and John Gibson mantra…. ‘a Center forward and a bunch of honest triers’….. isn’t that what sank into the head of Hall and Shepherd…..

      ….a one star team from the fifties playing through the 70’s 80s….10’s ….20’s.

      Newcastle will never learn…. its too backward and surrounded by journalists who will willingly run polls against Shelvey and anyone who doesn’t track back to help out a beleaguered defence which is probably beleaguered
      anyway because we failed to spend on anything except a centre forward.

      Catch-22 We cant win because of the mentality that surrounds the club in a very competitive league of ambitious clubs because we have a huge following of fans and journalists that wan’t a bunch of underskilled honest triers…… the protestant work ethic manifest in all its stupidity!

      • molend

        I remember I once failed a student and she came to me in tears afterwards and said ‘It’s not fair. I really tried’. She couldn’t seem to grasp that she failed not through lack of effort, but lack of marks. Mutatis mutandis, if, in football, nobody on your team scores, you don’t win.

  • Leazes.

    Possession was Spurs 63% Newcastle 61%…..?

  • Peaky

    Once again if we only had a striker…..

  • Guest 2

    Striker, No 10, two wingers/wing backs who can cross the ball. It’s plain and obvious for all to see.

    • mentalman

      No 10 is less of a priority, Perez could be a much better player with a decent striker to play off

      • Paul Patterson

        Perez has looked good since Kenedy arrived and all efforts must be made to keep him, Dubravka and get a top striker in. Elsewhere needs strengthening but isn’t of as much concern.

      • Perez is top class, don’t doubt it there.
        He’s even Top 6 material, but we need better attacking players, mainly in technical and athletic abilities.
        Stop this going backwards thing Diame and Dummett do all the time!
        Ball and players need to be going forward.
        Gayle has the poacher instinct but his technical abilities are no better than any Championship striker and he lacks the winning mentality.
        Joselu is only good for winning 1st ball and that about wraps it up.

  • Jate Legend

    Went to this last night. We are woeful up top. It was like playing with ten men. Spurs defence relaxed as.

  • Paul Patterson

    The top class striker for Spurs was the difference. He’s worth £100m+. I’d take one for £25m in the summer. If we’d had one since August we’d be in Europe now.

  • Darlow, Hayden, Manquillo, Haidara, Merino
    Hopefully, on Saturday will be the last day we see those names wearing Newcastle shirts in a official game.
    I would also like Gayle and Joselu to join them.
    The rest have earned their shirt this season with Shelvey, Dubravka, Lascelles, Yedlin, Ritchie, Dummett, Diame, Perez, Atsu and Kenedy hoping to be here next term.
    Get Mahrez and Shaqiri, get 2 competitive fullbacks and strikers from Spain/Italy/Germany.
    This is what must be done.