We asked 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 – Was Rafa Benitez right to use those tactics with players available and opposition quality?
We all know Mike Ashley is by far the biggest reason why we are in this position but we were just interested in whether fans think these tactics were the right way to go.
The votes are now counted and thanks to everybody who took the time, so did Newcastle fans think they were the right tactics?:
So pretty much a 3 v 2 divide amongst Newcastle fans, agreeing with the tactics.
I can’t believe for one second that Rafa himself is happy doing what he did but felt he had no alternative, with the situation he found himself in.
Whether I agree or disagree with anything that he does, I do really like the fact that our manager does what he thinks is right for the team/club, no matter what anybody else says, particularly the ‘experts’….
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 1 Chelsea 2
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
Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar (Muto 79), Fernandez, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Ki, Diame, Murphy (Perez 73), Rondon (Joselu 62)
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)
(Rafa Benitez gives post-match update on Shelvey and Lascelles injuries HERE)