Rafael Benitez lifts the lid on the very uncomfortable night after Newcastle's loss to Blackburn

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez

Newcastle fell at the final hurdle as their nine game Premier League run ended in defeat against Blackburn Rovers.

Newcastle's superb run of form has seen them take the Championship by storm this season and they were on the cusp of an unprecedented 10 wins in 10 games. However, they were beaten by struggling Blackburn Rovers at the weekend as that recorded run eluded them. After the game, Rafael Benitez spoke to the Chronicle about the very uncomfortable evening that followed after their defeat.

The loss has not changed Newcastle's league position as they still lead in the Championship, however, Brighton now trail the Magpies by just two points. While it is an enviable position to be in, Rafael Benitez will be hugely disappointed that their unbeaten run ended in such a manner. He spoke to the Chronicle following the game: "It wasn’t a nice night for me. Before we had spent time deciding everything, having meetings and watching every single detail. The fact Jesus Gamez played after not playing much was the only risk. Afterwards he was the best player."

Newcastle United manager Rafael BenitezNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez

"But we have to accept it was a bad performance from everyone - starting with me. Now what we will do is correct everything as soon as possible. We must sure for the next games it will be a positive lesson for the next games".

"I was so disappointed after the defeat that so I can’t see any positive in any way. It’s finished, we just concentrate on the future and the future is the Hull game".

Newcastle manager Rafael BenitezNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez

It would not have been the evening anyone at Newcastle would have envisaged in the build up to the game. Benitez accepted that part of the loss falls at his feet, while the players must then accept a portion of the blame too. This is something that will be quite new to Benitez this season with the manager finding a formula that works before reaping the rewards from it.

Newcastle now face Hull City in the EFL Cup this evening which constitutes a chance for the Magpies to rectify their last defeat.  Hull are unlikely to set up in a similar fashion to Blackburn, who sat deep and looked to soak up pressure. This will therefore give Newcastle more space to work with in the final third, something they thrive on.

Newcastle manager Rafael BenitezNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez

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