Benitez offers damning verdict on Brighton's match winner v Newcastle
By Russell Edge
Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez has said that he does not believe Brighton’s goal should have stood in his side’s 1-0 defeat to the Seagulls.
Tomer Hemed’s second half strike was all that separated the two newly promoted sides, which came after Dale Stephens had headed Pascal Gross’ free kick across goal for the Israeli striker to stab home.
It was a case of revenge for Chris Hughton’s side, after Newcastle won both fixtures during their stint in the Championship last season.
However, the Magpies’ manager believes that there was an infringement on his defender Chancel Mbemba as the free kick was taken, and that the goal should not have been allowed to stand.
Speaking to the BBC, the Spanish boss said: “I’m not happy with the way we conceded.
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“You never know what is a legal block or an illegal block.
“(Mbemba) was pushed, and a block. They (Brighton) block my players, they push my players.”
However, despite his damning verdict on the match winning strike, the former Liverpool and Real Madrid man admitted it would have been difficult for the referee to blow the whistle for a foul, stating that everyone has a different point of view.
“You cannot argue too much because it is difficult to understand some things,” Benitez told the BBC.
The defeat put an end to Newcastle’s three match winning streak, which saw them overcome West Ham, Swansea and Stoke, while also saw them fall from fourth, where they begun the weekend, to ninth.
Their next clash sees Benitez’s former side Liverpool visit St James’ Park, with the Reds having drawn their last clash 2-2 back in April 2016.
In other Newcastle United news, Football Insider has analysed three things learned from the Magpies’ defeat.