Benitez reveals anger after Bournemouth loss as Newcastle players play blame game
By John Reid
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has revealed the extent of both his and his players’ anger after the weekend’s 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth.
Benitez was unhappy with the decision from the referee to disallow Dwight Gayle’s first-half goal for offside when it appeared he was level with the last defender.
And he revealed that there was hostility in the dressing room afterwards as the Newcastle players turned on each other.
Speaking to The Independent, Benitez said “The players were angry. They are not very happy obviously. That’s very common when you lose a game.
“I was angry after the game, because you have to say what you think… my main priority is to make sure that the players understand what we have to do in the future.
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“I will not talk about the decisions (of the officials) because I am not very happy with the decisions.”
Newcastle’s season has come slightly off the rails in recent weeks, with a 1-0 defeat to Burnley last week followed by this weekend’s home loss to Bournemouth.
The manager has been criticised in some quarters for his decision not to bring on substitute Aleksander Mitrovic during the defeat to Bournemouth.
Benitez elected to bring on Ayoze Perez instead, a move that not all fans were pleased with
The Serbian striker has only featured for Newcastle three times this season and it looks like his days at St James’s park may be coming to an end.
Newcastle return after the international break with a tough looking trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on November 18, followed by a home game against Watford a week later.
In other Newcastle news, Paul Ince has revealed that he thinks Newcastle will be relegated this season