Benitez unhappy with the referee despite Newcastle earning a last-gasp point at Bournemouth

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez was unhappy with referee Mike Dean after seeing his side draw 2-2 at Bournemouth.

Matt Ritchie’s stunning late equaliser snatched a point for Newcastle after Josh King’s brace had overturned Salomon Rondon’s first-half opener.

Benitez was left angered by the decision to award Bournemouth a dubious penalty, which was converted by King after Federico Fernandez was adjudged to have fouled Nathan Ake in an aerial duel.

“Some decisions you need to have VAR and you have to make sure you get the right decisions right,” Benitez told Match of the Day.

“There were too many decisions that didn’t go our way today. To be sure for the future and we can improve that.

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“I will have to check but if you give a penalty like that, then you have to give 100 in every game.”

However, the Spaniard was delighted with his side’s ‘positive’ response.

“The performance of the team was very good and then everything changed in the first minute of the second half and we would like to have these situations fairer in the future.

“It changes everything in the second half, we were winning one nil and you can take risks and we were not very happy after that goal.

“But it is not the first time we have had difficult situations and the reaction has been very positive.

“Bournemouth are a good team and they attack quite well and we did what we had to do to create chances.

“Defenders did well against a good offensive team and it was not easy for them but they did well. It’s a great goal [from Ritchie] and we were pushing until the end. That is football.”

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