Rafael Benitez rues massive mistakes

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

Newcastle United conceded a few soft goals on Wednesday night.

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Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez has admitted to The Northern Echo that both goals conceded in Wednesday's 2-2 draw with Doncaster Rovers were "massive mistakes".

Two goals from Andy Williams gave the hosts a 2-0 half-time lead in last night's pre-season friendly; with Newcastle goalkeeper Matz Sels heavily culpable for the opener, while the Magpies' defence seemed to go walkabout for the second on 45 minutes.

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Nevertheless, the Championship outfit halved the deficit through another new boy in Isaac Hayden shortly after the break, before Ayoze Perez snatched a last-gasp equaliser.

The Spanish manager - who this time last year had been appointed Real Madrid coach - concedes that Newcastle should not be shipping such soft goals, but Benitez found a silver lining despite the errors.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

“It was a massive mistake for both goals, but the good thing is that we can analyse these things now and try to find the reason why, and then the solutions," he said to The Northern Echo.

It is difficult not to feel sorry for goalkeeper Sels, who had a torrid evening.

Benitez made a raft of changes for the second half but kept the new boy between the sticks in a bid to increase his confidence somewhat perhaps.

The Belgian keeper will need a bit of confidence. At the moment, he and Karl Darlow are Newcastle's only fit goalkeepers, with Rob Elliot and Tim Krul both out injured, though they should return in the coming months.

Newcastle United's Tim Krul

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