Rafael Benitez: 'Last-gasp defeat is hard to take'

Tuesday, 07 Nov, 2017

Newcastle United have suffered a major blow after captain Jamaal Lascelles had to leave the field on crutches following their 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday.

Newcastle toiled without Merino in the midfield as a number of loose passes allowed Bournemouth to break, putting pressure on the home goal that resulted in Steve Cook's late victor.

The result lifted Bournemouth out of the relegation zone.

"I will not talk about the decisions because I am not very happy with the decisions", Benitez said in his press conference, having told Sky Sports earlier: "I think we lost, that's it, and we'll have to analyse".

Judging by the criticism on Twitter, Newcastle fans will be hoping they do not see much of Murphy when their side next plays against Manchester United, at Old Trafford on November 18.

"They have some key players that can hurt you like (Matt) Ritchie and (Jonjo) Shelvey". I have seen it [the disallowed Dwight Gayle goal] but it will not change anything. We have to understand that in these sort of games we have to do better.

Howe revealed before the match that he has studied Benitez's career and tactics.

"I've read a couple of his books, and he's a very intriguing guy". Speaking to The Northern Echo Benitez said: "Competition is good, and we said to him [Gayle] that if he trains well, he will get chances".

"It was huge for me".

The Magpies have now just won one of their last six Premier League fixtures after a decent start that saw them beat the likes of Stoke and West Ham.