Rafa Benitez admits to 'concern' after Newcastle suffer damaging defeat to Ipswich

Rafa Benitez
Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez has told of his "concern" after Newcastle United suffered a damaging defeat to Ipswich Town.

Benitez's side were beaten 3-1 at Portman Road this afternoon.

Daryl Murphy, right

Daryl Murphy, right

And the result has left the second-placed club looking over its shoulder in the Championship.

The defeat followed an positive performance in Good Friday's 1-1 home draw against Leeds United.

“I am concerned about the change of the team, in terms of the performance against Leeds and then our performance today," said United manager Benitez.

"That is the only thing I am thinking about. We know that we have to win games to do our job, so we will have to change and improve a lot.

“We knew it could be this kind of game today. I thought that we were ready, but it seems that we were not.

"We were not focused and mentally ready. When we were reacting, we scored the goal, and it seemed that we had more control of the game, but then we made another mistake.

"We are making some mistakes, and we are paying for that."