Rafa Benitez unhappy with officials after Newcastle defeat by Bournemouth

Rafa Benitez unhappy with officials after Newcastle defeat by Bournemouth

Newcastle United's 1-0 loss to Bournemouth on Saturday condemned the Magpies to back-to-back 1-0 defeats in the Premier League, with Rafael Benitez's side continuing to struggle to find their feet in front of goal. I have seen it [the disallowed Dwight Gayle goal] but it will not change anything.

"They have some key players that can hurt you like (Matt) Ritchie and (Jonjo) Shelvey". I was happy before the game with how we have been doing but disappointed now.

Benitez admitted his side had been made to pay for not taking their chances, and for a series of mistakes which contributed to their own downfall.

"Newcastle, playing at St James Park against Bournemouth, you'd probably expect them to win". We didn't do what we had to do on a lot of occasions and our mistakes, in the end we paid for that.

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Boston found ways, whether on the secondary break or with Irving's slithering to change the theme come quarters three and four. I think we took our foot off the gas a little bit. "So Coach puts the trust in me and Al to go down the stretch".

It was Newcastle's second successive defeat and posed further questions over their summer recruitment, but the Spaniard vowed to come out fighting once again. "From September 1, I was anxious and what I did was to work harder, and that is what I will do now".

"Maybe the break is good, we can keep working with the players". "I haven't scored in a long time, and I don't think we'd won a league game that I'd started".

There are some fears that Merino's injury is rather serious, and Benitez, whose Newcastle side have slipped down the table in recent weeks, does not know if the injuries suffered by the Spaniard, Lascelles and Atsu will force them to miss the clash against United after the worldwide fortnight.