Mis­takes come once pres­sure is on United

Sunday Sun - - Football -

NEW­CAS­TLE United boss Rafa Benitez ad­mit­ted his team had no choice but to take risks af­ter fall­ing be­hind early at home to Wat­ford.

The Mag­pies lost their fourth game in a row in the Premier League and have slipped closer to the rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle.

Af­ter los­ing 3-0 to the Hor­nets, Benitez said: “Ev­ery­body knew they were do­ing well and we needed to be strong, to be solid, and we made a mis­take.

“We started well, but we made a mis­take, we con­ceded the first goal and then you have to go for­ward.

“The re­ac­tion of the team was good. We were push­ing, we were press­ing and on top of them, but the sec­ond goal changed ev­ery­thing.

“In the sec­ond half, you have to take more risks and we con­ceded another goal, and then it was more dif­fi­cult for us to re­act and to do the right things be­cause at the end, when you are un­der pres­sure, the anx­i­ety makes you make more mis­takes.”

And when asked if there was a con­fi­dence is­sue in the camp, Benitez said: “It’s some­thing that we have to re­alise could hap­pen, that you could lose games be­cause we are in the Premier League and it’s another level.

“Ev­ery­body needs to know that if we want to im­prove, we have to work harder and bet­ter, that’s it.”

Benitez was also asked about the per­for­mance of DeAn­dre Yedlin af­ter the US in­ter­na­tional suf­fered a tor­rid time and con­ceded an own goal.

Benitez said: “We had a cou­ple of runs that were dan­ger­ous and they scored the first goal, but at the same time, we were also at­tack­ing from that side, so it’s a ques­tion of who takes their chances.

“We had some chances, we didn’t take our chances; they had two or three and they scored three.” DeAn­dre Yedlin

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