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Was Rafa Benitez right to use those tactics with players available and opposition quality? Vote now

8 months ago
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The question on Sunday evening – Was Rafa Benitez right to use those tactics with players available and opposition quality?

The final score was Newcastle 1 Chelsea 2, all three goals coming in the final 15 minutes.

Simply focusing on the goals that were scored, you could say Newcastle were very unlucky to lose.

An excellent Joselu header from Yedlin’s quality cross, whilst Chelsea won thanks to a Yedlin own goal and a penalty that should never have been given.

However, 19% possession in a home game is a tough watch.

Rafa Benitez was left with very limited options in terms of players available but did he do the right thing going so negative?

So the question is – Was Rafa Benitez right to use those tactics with players available and opposition quality? Vote now please.

We all know Mike Ashley is by far the biggest reason why we are in this position but just interested in whether fans think these tactics were the right way to go.


Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 1 Chelsea 2

Goals

Newcastle: Joselu

Chelsea: Hazard 76 (Pen), Yedlin 87 (OG)

Possession was Chelsea 81% Newcastle 19%

Total shots were  Chelsea 15 Newcastle 6

Shots on target were Chelsea 3 Newcastle 2

Corners were  Chelsea 5 Newcastle 4

Referee: Paul Tierney

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar (Muto 79), Fernandez, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Ki, Diame, Murphy (Perez 73), Rondon (Joselu 62)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Sterry, Longstaff, Atsu

Crowd: 51,791 (3,200 Chelsea)

(Alan Shearer finds result a ‘sickener’ – Read HERE)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Newcastle 1 Chelsea 2 – Read HERE)

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