Rafael Benitez explains the disappointing factor of Andros Townsend's performance

Sir John Hall Stand Newcastle

Rafael Benitez believes Andros Townsend should have scored more than once against Crystal Palace.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has been quoted by talkSPORT as saying that Andros Townsend should have scored 'one or two more' against Crystal Palace.

The Magpies went into today's game against Palace having gone three games unbeaten, and needed to beat former manager Alan Pardew to keep their hopes of survival alive.

After a poor first half, Newcastle did grab the only goal of the game when January signing Andros Townsend scored from a free kick, though they did also ride their luck too.

Moussa Sissoko gave away a penalty with a handball, but Karl Darlow saved from ex-Magpies star Yohan Cabaye to secure the three points.

It was Townsend's goal which lit up the game, and his manager Rafael Benitez spoke about the goal after the final whistle.

Benitez is quoted by talkSPORT as saying that Townsend's strike was 'fantastic', before highlighting a disappointing factor from the winger's performance.

The Spaniard claims that Townsend had other good chances to score, and should in fact have found the net on up to three occasions, 

"It was a fantastic winning goal, but it was a pity as well," said Benitez. "Andros scored a great goal, but he could have scored one or two more," he added.

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