Confidence key to Toon poor show – Benitez
RAFA Benitez says his side are suffering from a confidence issue after emerging from their seventh Premier League game with nothing to show for their efforts.
The Newcastle boss watched on as his side gifted Leicester a goal in each half and failed to muster a single second-half shot on target.
Benitez said: “After the second goal, it was clear that we missed a little bit of confidence, but that is something you could expect.
“We were taking about that before.
“Last year, we were in the bottom five in January and we finished 10th, so we have to carry on and be sure we are ready mentally for the next game, and hopefully physically and technically.”
Toon owner Mike Ashley was in the stands for his first appearance on Tyneside since May 2017.
Benitez said: “If he’s around, it’s always positive, but it’s something that will not change what we do on the pitch.
“The fans want to win, we want to win and if we do well, the fans will be behind the team during the game, , and that’s it.”
Benitez felt the game changed after Newcastle failed to grab the lead after chances for Joselu and Mo o Diame.
He said: “I will say I am disappointed because we didn’t do what we were e expecting.
“Obviously they [Leicester] did well, they were well organised, but still we had a couple of chances that t could have changed every- thing.
“If we had taken one of f those chances, we would be talking about a different game.
“Even in this situation where they had control at the end, you could see we were giving them options at set-pieces, corners, the penalty and in the second half, the corner.
“That made the differ- ence and gave us less confi- dence and more for them, and they were passing the ball, moving the ball around and we were e exposed because we were more open and we needed to attack.
“We were not very precise on the ball, giving the ball away and we were e more exposed when we e were open.”