Rafael Benitez criticises Newcastle United's concentration as Hull City snatch EFL Cup win

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez

With just ten minutes of extra-time remaining, Mo Diame could hardly have scored at a better time. If only Newcastle had kept their heads.

Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez believes his side paid the price for their lack of big game experience in their EFL Cup quarter final defeat to Hull City on Tuesday, The Chronicle reports.

The Magpies took a major step towards their first domestic semi since reaching the final four of the FA Cup in 2005 when former Tigers midfielder Mo Diame stabbed home in the first half of extra-time, only for Hull’s Robert Snodgrass to equalise almost immediately.

Newcastle United's Mohamed Diame celebrates scoring against Hull City

In the end, hosts goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic stole the headlines by saving spot-kicks from both Jonjo Shelvey and Yoan Gouffran, while Dwight Gayle hit the bar, as Newcastle bid farewell to their hopes of winning their first major trophy since 1969.

However, it was not his player’s inability to find the back of the net from 12 yards that irked Rafael Benitez, with the Spaniard bemoaning his side’s lapse in concentration moments after taking the lead.

“You have to be disappointed,” Benitez told The Chronicle. “The way that we played we deserved to score goals in the first half and in extra time.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez

“Then when we did score the goal we didn’t manage the situation. It’s something you learn with experience.

“Maybe we will do a little better the next time we have this many chances.”

On the upside, the result means Newcastle will be able to focus fully on sealing a return to the Premier League, potentially swapping places with Hull as Tuesday’s victors toil in the Premier League.

However, this will not serve as much of a consolation to Newcastle fans who have been starved of a cup run for far too long.

Newcastle United's Yoan Gouffran looks dejected after missing a penalty during the shootout as Hull players celebrate winning the match

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