Newcastle United lost 1-0 to Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has taken to social networking site Twitter in order to offer his thoughts on Rafael Benitez’s reaction to seeing his Newcastle United side lose 1-0 at Fulham.
The Cottagers emerged as victories due to Matt Smith’s first-half header from a Tom Cairney corner, but it wasn’t without controversy as Newcastle were denied a clear penalty moments earlier.
A cross from the left struck an outstretched Fulham hand in the area, but play was allowed to continue and another incident in the second period could have also led to Newcastle penalty for handball.
The Toon Army will rue the key decisions going against them, and as Benitez watched on at the final whistle he had some choice words for the fourth official which Carragher predicts via Twitter.
Rafa's just done a Graham Taylor there! "Tell the ref he's cost us the game thank you!"— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) August 5, 2016
The former Real Madrid coach was clearly angered by the decision not to award his side a penalty, but he will also be rather mystified as to why his side put in such a lacklustre performance.
The Tyneside club’s best chance of the game came when Matt Ritchie failed to beat the goalkeeper from 12 yards following a nice cutback after the break, but that aside chances were few and far between.
Newcastle, judging by this display, have plenty of work to do before being considered huge favourites for the Championship title and the defeat may act as a wake-up call for a number of their high-profile players.