Was Sels To Blame For Hull Defeat? Rafa Has His Say

As reported by the Chronicle, Rafa Benitez clearly believes that Tuesday’s EFL Cup defeat was not just the fault of ‘keeper Matz Sels.

When asked about the Belgian stopper, Benitez said: “I don’t want to talk about the goalkeeper – the team as a team made mistakes. That is what allowed them to score.

“It is not about the keeper – it was the midfielders, the defenders, everyone. We allowed them to get to a position where they should not have been.”

Benitez also moved quickly to reassure those fans who have been fearful, following the last two games, adding: “When you are winning so many games, every time you have a defeat or a bad result, people will talk and ask questions. Now, we will see what will happen.

“But it was a long season before this week, and it will be a long season after this week.

“We still have to carry on working hard and doing things in the same way.”

The Newcastle manager also saw positives in the game, saying: “If you see the game, what can you say? We had five or six chances in the first half where we could have scored, and we played really well against a Premier League team.

“The game was different in the second half, they were pushing, but still we were defending and doing well.

“In extra-time, we had the control, but we made one or two mistakes and that is something we have to do better.”

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