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Rafa Benitez philosophical after Tottenham grab late winner at Wembley

5 months ago
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Rafa Benitez watched on as his team came within seven minutes of a point against Tottenham.

Spurs going  second in the table after a victory which was hard won.

Whilst the ‘home’ side were dominant in possession and territory, the visitors had their moments.

None more so than when Salmon Rondon hit the post six minutes into the second half with Lloris well beaten.

Son’s shot may have moved slightly in the air but Martin Duvbravka will definitely be holding his hands up for the goal.

Despite the late and cruel nature of defeat, Rafa Benitez was philosophical about coming away with nothing.

The Newcastle manager stating ‘I think Dubravka knows he maybe could do something more (with the goal) but he also has been so good for us.’

Little doubt that the three points picked up four days earlier against Manchester City have made today’s defeat a lot easier to take.

Rafa Benitez:

“I think we did well in the first half and we had chances in the beginning of the second half.

“They were pushing hard, we were defending well, this goal we could have avoided.

“We have to give credit to Son because the shot was a good one and we hit the post in the second half, that was a big chance for us.

“You have to give credit to Tottenham because they have injuries.

“It was not easy for us.

“I was pleased when we had those chances from Rondon and Ayoze.

“I could see that in the first half we got in very good areas but it doesn’t matter if your game plan is good, if you lose you have to do something more to get points.

“It will be good (for) these new players (Almiron and Barreca) to have time to know their teammates and to train.

“And also to talk, because you have two foreign players who don’t speak much English, so sometimes to stay around and to see what the other players do is helpful.

“You have to give credit to our players because they were working so hard.

“You have to defend really well against a team like that but the players were working so hard.

“I think Dubravka knows he maybe could do something more (with the goal) but he also has been so good for us, it’s something we have to quickly forget.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Tottenham 1 Newcastle 0

Goals:

Tottenham: Son 83

Possession was Tottenham 72% Newcastle 28%

Total shots were Tottenham 21 Newcastle 8

Shots on target were Tottenham 4 Newcastle 2

Corners were Tottenham 6 Newcastle 3

Referee: Andre Marriner

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar, Lascelles, Lejeune, Ritchie (Barreca 86), Hayden, Longstaff, Atsu (Kenedy 82), Perez, Rondon

Unused Subs:

Woodman, Clark, Joselu,Manquillo Fernandez

Crowd: 41,219 (Newcastle 3,200)

(Read instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the Wembley defeat HERE)

(Please send us your NUFC player ratings v Tottenham HERE)

(Mauricio Pochettino reacts to the win over Newcastle HERE)

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