Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez laments one defensive lapse following Burnley defeat
Last Updated: 30/10/17 11:38pm
Rafael Benitez says his Newcastle side lacked precision in their 1-0 defeat to Burnley on Monday Night Football.
Newcastle missed the chance to climb to sixth in the Premier League as Jeff Hendrick's composed finish on 74 minutes secured the points for Sean Dyche's side in a scrappy affair at Turf Moor.
Newcastle threatened a late equaliser when Isaac Hayden's shot was tipped wide and Javier Manquillo flicked a header onto the roof of the net, but it was a disappointing night for Benitez after a first defeat in four.
"It was a game were controlling," he told Sky Sports. "We knew one goal would win it and that's what happened. I think it was an even game - we could have won, we could have lost. We made the mistake and that was it."
"We made a mistake and after we were out of position. I don't like to name anyone but we didn't do what we had to do."
Both teams struggled to create chances against well-drilled defences throughout the game, with Newcastle largely reduced to long-range efforts by Jonjo Shelvey until their injury-time flurry almost brought an equaliser.
"It was two teams that knew what to do," added Benitez. "We had 12 attempts away from goal, nine in the second half, we tried to win the game, but we were not very precise.
"We still had chances and some attempts but these kinds of games you have to make sure you're strong enough in defence and a little better in attack.
"We have to improve with everything but we are happy with the work rate and the way the players approached the game."