Newcastle United were on the end of a surprising 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion at the weekend but the fans in the Transfer Tavern will be delighted they have retained their status in the Premier League for another year.
The Magpies suffered just their fourth league defeat of 2018 on Saturday to an impressive Baggies side who are fighting for their lives and Rafa Benitez was questioned about the performance he saw from his players after the game.
He was asked whether his players had already started to take their foot off of the gas and were already looking ahead to their summer plans, which he strongly denied and he suggested that the things they were doing were just wrong on the day.
“I will not say motivation because we were running and we were working hard, but we were doing it in the wrong way, so we were in the wrong positions, going late and when we were on the ball, we were giving the ball away,” he told the Newcastle Chronicle.
“It’s not that we were not trying, I think we were trying in the wrong way.”
The Newcastle locals in the Tavern will naturally be disappointed they have seen their side lose two games in a row, but will believe the club have enough about them to turn things around and continue to challenge for a top-ten finish in a highly successful season.
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