Benitez rues missed chances after Brighton defeat

It was a case of same old, same old for Newcastle United and Rafa Benitez today, who was left ruing his sides missed opportunities.

Newcastle lost 1-0 at home to Brighton and are now rooted to the foot of the Premier League after Cardiff picked up a win against Fulham to leapfrog the Magpies.

Speaking after the game, Benitez felt that his side could easily have taken something from the match.

“We had chances but didn’t take them,” he told Sky Sports.

“There was a chance for Joselu in the first half, and then in the second half, we had three or four good positions where we should have done better.

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“We have to learn from this defeat.”

Benitez was left dreaming of what might have been if he had a forward line of a better calibre. However, with Mike Ashley at the helm, it doesn’t look like the Spanish manager will be dipping into the transfer market for some attacking talent any time soon.

“In the Premier League, you have to take your chances when they come along,” he added.

“You have to take your chances, and you also have to be stronger in defence if you want to make sure that you will have a clean sheet.”

Newcastle now have just two points and have scored just six goals from their opening nine league games. They are also out of the Carabao Cup after a 3-1 defeat at Championship side, Nottingham Forest.

There are very few reasons for Newcastle fans to cheer these days and it’s clear that one man needs to leave the north-east for this to change. And it’s not Benitez.

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