Benitez: Newcastle have a lot of work to do

Posted November 07, 2017

Newcastle United have dropped into the bottom half of the Premier League for the first time since August with their 1-0 home defeat to Bournemouth.

Steve Cook's 90th minute victor for Bournemouth handed Newcastle with their second defeat of the week after losing at Burnley on Monday night.

The result lifted Bournemouth out of the relegation zone.

"I watched a lot of them in the build-up to the game".

Steve Cook's 92nd-minute victor condemned Newcastle to their second 1-0 defeat in the space of six days, coming after Dwight Gayle had seen a goal incorrectly ruled out for offside.

Jacob Murphy replaced Christian Atsu with the score at 0-0 and with eight minutes remaining, but his brief cameo appearance did not have the desired effect on his Newcastle side, and ultimately they ended up conceding an agonising victor.

Meanwhile after the defeat, Magpies manager Rafa Benitez was disappointed but refused to panic by saying: "Our reality is that we have to keep doing things in the same way as we did before".

"When you look at the teams he has managed, the track record he has is second to none and he is well known to be tactically very astute", said Howe.

"I always try to broaden my understanding of people and knowledge of football".

"It was a massive relief", said Cook.

"We have created chances in every game, then we have to score, that's it, it's not just to create, after you have to take your chances".

"It was huge for me".

However, it was a man who was introduced late on to try and win the contest that came in for most criticism.