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.
“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
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Diame, Kenedy (Murphy 71), Perez, Gayle (Joselu 76)
Darlow, Hayden, Manquillo, Haidara, Merino
Crowd; 54,923 (3,100 Newcastle)
(NUFC instant fan/writer reaction to the match HERE)