Date: 11th April 2017 at 1:34am
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Manager Rafa Benitez has said that defeat to Sheffield Wednesday was a ‘wake up’ call but nobody should panic as the game easily could’ve turned the other way.

Heading to Hillsborough for the game, Newcastle lost out two one on the day and whilst Benitez did have issues with the performance put in, he also knew had moments gone for us such as the red card shout and some chances like Jonjo Shelvey’s long range effort, the game could well have gone more favourably for us.

Speaking to the Chronicle in his post game press conference, Benitez was obviously disappointed to have lost the game and dropped points at this stage of the season and whilst he warned the team they can’t afford any more slip ups in the season run in, he also doesn’t want people to go overboard with panic.

‘What we have to do is be sure that we wake up – and that we are ready for the next game. We have five games to play, we are in a good position and I told the players that I was disappointed. But at the same time that they must keep their heads up and start working because we have to do better for the next game.’

Reflecting on the performance itself, the Spaniard knew it was a mixed showing but equally we allowed them too many chances in the game and defensively we could’ve been sharper.

‘We gave them chances at the beginning. After we started the second half much better we had chances and were on top of them, then we gave a silly foul and gave a goal away from it.’

Shelvey was speaking to the same outlet post game and he called on fans not to panic.

Opening with his comments on his long range effort, he explained.

‘I`d been looking earlier in the game and saw the keeper off his line. So I thought if I got a little bit of space I would try it. I`ve tried it a few times in my career and scored from the halfway line before so it`s pretty normal for me to try. I am confident enough to do that. It is just unfortunate it didn`t drop in.’

As for the game itself.

‘I felt good out there personally. It`s just a shame we haven`t come away with a point or three points. We`re still 10 points clear of Huddersfield and still in a very good position. There`s no point in panicking, there`s still five games to go and even if it goes right down to the wire we will keep going and I`m sure we will get automatic promotion.’


‘I thought we had enough chances to win. In the first half they had a few chances as well. But I thought we done enough in the 90 minutes to get the three points. I don`t think they are a tremendous team to be honest but it is what it is, we have to dust ourselves down and go again on Friday night.’

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