Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
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Rafa Benitez slams officials after Newcastle concede last-minute equaliser against Wolves

Rafa Benitez slams officials after Newcastle concede last-minute equaliser against Wolves

The draw lifted Newcastle into 16th place on 25 points, ahead of Cardiff City on goal difference and one point above the drop zone. You have to protect the keeper.

Benitez was also riled when his side were defeated 2-1 by Wolves in December, losing to another stoppage-time goal.

When asked if Newcastle should have had a free-kick after Boly's challenge, the Spaniard added: "In England they don't understand the rules so you can say whatever you want to say".

"It was not very clear [if it was a foul], watching the replay, but we have to defend better".

Newcastle's record signing Miguel Almiron, the Paraguayan striker who joined from Major League Soccer side Atlanta United, gave the visiting fans plenty to cheer about as he made his debut.

'For us, it's another bad way to concede and that's it'.


Isaac Hayden's first goal since October 2017 looked to have put Newcastle on course for a crucial three points at Molineux on Monday Night Football, with the clock past the allotted four minutes of additional time.

"What I'm disappointed with is to concede, we must be compact and we allowed Newcastle too much time to decide the final pass".

Hayden opened the scoring after 56 minutes when Rui Patricio parried his angled effort in at the near post.

"The last minute gave us the joy in the end, I think it was well-deserved, I think we didn't deserve to lose this game".

The last gasp equaliser was predictably something he wasn't going to argue against and declared 'The job is the referee's to judge and if does not see something, it's good'. "We're really pleased because it's something we must keep on doing", he said.

"In the last minute we started putting the ball in the box and got a moment we deserved".

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