Rafa Benitez reacts to Newcastle's injury-time agony

Rafa Benitez
Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez has hit out after Newcastle United conceded a goal five minutes into added time.

Chris Wood claimed a point from a 1-1 draw for Leeds United with a 95th-minute equaliser tonight.

Jamaal Lascelles had put Newcastle into the lead earlier in the second half.

The result has left Benitez's second-placed side four points behind Championship leaders Brighton and Hove Albion.

Newcastle are eight points ahead of third-placed Huddersfield Town.

Manager Benitez was frustrated at his team's defending for the goal, which came soon after a fan invaded the pitch.

“I am pleased with the performance of the team, the commitment, the passion, the way we played the chances we had," said Benitez. "I am disappointed with the mistake at the end. I say at the end in 95th minute.

"Today was 95 minutes. It was very difficult for me to understand that. I don’t understand a lot of things in the last few games.

“Why did we have a penalty that took seven minutes and we only got three minutes at the end (against Wigan Athletic). This was 95 minutes. I don’t understand a lot of things in the last few games.

“We have to be proud of the players, but disappointed not to get the three points. We have to try to be ready for the next game."

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