X

Wednesday 20
March

Newcastle United

Benitez rues Cup replay

6th January 2019, 06:02 by Michael Holland

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has admitted an FA Cup replay was the last thing he wanted as Blackburn held his side to a draw.

Matt Ritchie's 85th-minute penalty spared the Premier League side's blushes with a 1-1 draw after Bradley Dack had headed the visitors in front at St James' Park, although another game was not on Benitez's wish-list as he attempts to keep the club in the top flight.

Asked if a replay was the worst possible scenario, he replied: "Yes, in terms of another game, another situation that you have to manage with more minutes, more players, more risk.

"I am not happy with another game - I would prefer to win this game and that's it. But if you cannot, at least you have another chance and then try to win the next one."

On a day when takeover speculation and the prospect of another frustrating transfer window were among the main talking points, they rescued themselves in the nick of time to leave their manager at least able to take some positives.

"Some young players playing, some players who have not been playing having 90 minutes under their belts, the reaction of the team after we conceded and (Florian) Lejeune coming back after four and a half months with a serious injury," Benitez added. "Those are positives."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

More Newcastle United

Newcastle United

Lee predicts long Ashley stay

19th March 2019, 15:45

Ex-Newcastle midfielder Rob Lee doesn't believe owner Mike Ashley has any plans to sell the club.

Newcastle United

Muto working hard for Newcastle chance

19th March 2019, 13:13

Yoshinori Muto has revealed he is working hard to try and force his way back into Newcastle's first team.

Newcastle United

Hayden urges club to tie down key pair

18th March 2019, 12:21

Newcastle must keep hold of striker Salomon Rondon and manager Rafael Benitez beyond the summer, according to Isaac Hayden.

Newcastle United

Rafa eyes one more win

18th March 2019, 09:33

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez says one more win will be enough for survival and has told his players to enjoy ther break.

Newcastle United

Rafa fumes at ref as Magpies draw

17th March 2019, 02:21

Newcastle were denied two points by the referee despite snatching a dramatic 2-2 draw at Bournemouth, Rafa Benitez has claimed.

Newcastle United

Newcastle win should end relegation threat - Benitez

16th March 2019, 12:12

Newcastle can effectively end their Premier League relegation fears with all three points at Bournemouth, according to Rafa Benitez.

Recent Sport Headlines

Rugby Union

Adams joins Cardiff Blues

20th March 2019, 00:26

Wales international Josh Adams will join Cardiff Blues from Worcester in time for next season, the club have announced.

Cycling

Brailsford reveals Ineos delight

20th March 2019, 00:13

Team Sky have officially become Team Ineos, news which has been welcomed by Sir Dave Brailsford.

Rugby League

Hull FC ace vows to battle back

20th March 2019, 00:09

Matty Dawson-Jones says he has come to terms with the fact he will not play for Hull FC again this season due to a knee injury.

Bayern Munich

Pressure on BVB says Bayern's Muller

19th March 2019, 23:32

Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller has warned title rivals Borussia Dortmund they "can't afford to make any mistakes".

Huddersfield Town

Terriers winger could depart

19th March 2019, 19:04

Huddersfield have the option to keep hold of Rajiv van La Parra this summer but his future remains unclear after a tough spell.

Ajax

Overmars relishing next chapter at Ajax

19th March 2019, 19:03

Ajax technical director Marc Overmars says he is still excited by the challenge at the club after rejecting a return to Arsenal.

Monaco

Monaco set to compete with Arsenal

19th March 2019, 18:40

Monaco face a fight to keep hold of loan signing Gelson Martins, with Arsenal still keen, according to reports.

Crystal Palace

Palace star Zaha could link up with Ivory Coast

19th March 2019, 18:19

Ivory Coast could insist that injured Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha reports for duty over the international break.