Published: Wed, April 25, 2018
Health Care | By Terrence Lopez

Rafa Benitez Reacts to Islam Slimani's Full Newcastle United Debut

Rafa Benitez Reacts to Islam Slimani's Full Newcastle United Debut

Everton's 1-0 win over Newcastle gave Sam Allardyce the response he wanted following the furore caused by a club survey asking fans to rate their manager. Newcastle failed to clear a corner, allowing Rooney to whip the ball into the area which was headed towards the back post by Michael Keane.

Premier League: Everton 1 (Walcott 51) bt Newcastle 0. I think everybody is finally going in the right direction. Some of our passing went astray but in fairness you can't really blame me for that can you?

Newcastle would have moved above Everton in the table had they recorded a fifth victory in a row but Theo Walcott's second-half victor ended Rafael Benitez's side's good run. I don't pass the ball'.

'[We've] completely dominated the game and out-passed the opposition in the opposition's half. To expect that we have to beat them easily is impossible. I am pleased with the effort of the players but this final pass in the final third can make the difference.

There is still a plethora of matches to be had in the 2017/18 campaign, but narratives have seemingly concluded already: a title decided before we sang Happy New Year, a relegation scrap all-but sealed permitting something spectacular, and the Champions League spots relativity secured by the four teams that now sit in them.

"But the players did all the talking, I'm glad to say, by winning the game again at home and putting us up to eighth place and hopefully (we will) finish this season as strong as we possibly can". We had the chance to draw, maybe even win but we lost against a good team. "For now, he's done the job they've asked him to do, kept them in the Premier League and he can't do anymore".

The France global has struggled to find his best form since joining Everton from United in a £20m deal in January 2017 and he was jeered by Toffees fans against Crystal Palace earlier this year. After the game, Walcott said: "It was a much-needed three points after a disappointing run of results".

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