It turned out to be a fairly miserable weekend for the Newcastle United fans here in the Transfer Tavern as they watched their side beaten at home to Bournemouth on a cold Tyneside Saturday afternoon.
While life back in the Premier League has been relatively good for the Magpies, two losses within a week for Rafa Benitez’s men has the punters clad in black and white who prop up our bar once again lamenting the lack of investment in the squad over the course of the summer.
Benitez, too, seems annoyed. Indeed, with quotes sourced in the Independent, the Spaniard was venting his frustrations, even reportedly revealing some of the players turned on each other in the dressing room. Though the squad had seemed settled under the 57-year-old, despite some early problems, their limitations were on show against the Cherries.
“Yes, I was angry after the game, because you have to say what you think,” said Benitez.
“My main priority is to make sure that the players understand what we have to do in the future.
“I wasn’t very happy with some of the things I was watching, that’s it. We made mistakes and in the end we paid for that.
“We gave the ball away easy without great pressing, and we were giving them chances to counter attack. Yes, the players were angry. They are not very happy obviously. That’s very common when you lose a game.
“We knew it would be a long season and we would have good results and bad results. We will stay calm and try to do the right things.”
Obviously, that can happen after a bad result and it doesn’t suggest all too much in the way of deeper problems, though a takeover can’t come quick enough.
Newcastle work hard, though sometimes it’s just not enough. Though Dwight Gayle’s goal should have stood, their lack of quality will sometimes leave them with results like this.
At least there’s heart…