Newcastle fans divided on Rafa’s tactics

An unfortunate late own goal by DeAndre Yedlin on Sunday was the difference between one point and none for Newcastle United when they faced Chelsea at St James’ Park.

Despite coming within minutes of securing a draw against one of England’s biggest clubs, Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez’s tactical approach to the fixture has come under fire in the wake of the match. 

The Magpies boss clearly set up his side to prioritise keeping a clean sheet above all else. The home side could muster only 18% of the possession and managed only 2 shots on target throughout the course of the 90 minutes. 

However, this style of play was very nearly enough to earn a point for the side in black and white stripes. 

After the match, many Newcastle fans took to Twitter to debate Rafa’s tactics. Whilst some thought it was a sensible approach to take given the calibre of the opposition, others felt that to play so negatively at home in the Premier League is never a smart idea.

Here’s a look at some of the reaction…