We deserved more than we got against Tottenham – Benitez

Date published: Saturday 11th August 2018 4:04

Rafa Benitez Newcastle United

Rafa Benitez thinks Newcastle United “deserved more” during their 2-1 loss to Tottenham in their Premier League opener.

Jan Vertonghen’s goal on eight minutes was cancelled out by Joselu’s effort before Dele Alli’s back post header on 18 minutes was the last goal of the match.

“I think we deserved more,” Benitez said. “The team worked hard against a very good side. We conceded and reacted well, and then went a goal behind again and showed good fight.”

Asked about his team selection, Benitez added: “We had to give something to the players that have been training for one month so it was right thing to do. Now we have more time, and everybody has to fight for their place.

“You cannot complain about Joselu’s work rate, and he got a goal which helped the team. We tried to change something and then we had a chance when Rondon hit the crossbar, but you can see the new players will need some time to settle and understand their teammates.”

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