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OPPOSITION VIEW: NEWCASTLE UNITED

25 September 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez.

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez felt his team were unfortunate to come away from the Amex empty-handed, but admitted the Magpies needed to show their quality over a longer period of the game.

Tomer Hemed scored the winning goal for Brighton & Hove Albion, ending Newcastle’s three-game winning streak, and Benitez was disappointed his team couldn’t take one of their chances.

He said, “I feel like we did enough to get a point at least. They had some chances, we had some chances. We had a lot of control and chances towards the end. I think we deserved more.”

"We had three or four situations around the box where we were dangerous - [Christian] Atsu mis-controlled the last one, Joselu in the first half, the 'keeper saving the corner from [Jonjo] Shelvey - but we have to do this all the time, not just the last 20 minutes.

“We're a team without a lot of experience in the Premier League, we didn't play well with the anxiety at the end and we have to manage these situations a little bit better.”

Benitez showed his frustration towards Hemed’s winning strike in the second half, as he felt referee Andre Marriner should have ruled the goal out for a foul.

“I’m disappointed because the goal is a clear foul. We didn’t defend well, it was a push, not a block. It’s a clear foul and the referee had a very good picture.”

“I didn’t need to ask (the referee), it’s very, very clear. It’s a player in movement and pushing, but we were not defending well and have to be stronger.”


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