Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has ordered his players to put a bad day behind them after seeing their winning run torn apart by Wolves.
The Magpies, who went into the game on a high after Tuesday night’s 6-0 romp at QPR, had taken a maximum 15 points from their previous five Sky Bet Championship outings, but never recovered from Chancel Mbemba’s first-half own goal as the visitors cemented a 2-0 win at St James’ Park with Helder Costa’s strike after the break.
Asked if his players had allowed themselves to be carried away by their exploits at Loftus Road, Benitez said: “No, I don’t think so because we were talking about that the day after, we were talking about that the day before, we were talking about that today, so they knew how important it was to be concentrated and then do the right things.
“But it’s more about the decisions. The football decisions were wrong and then we put ourselves under pressure.
“It’s a bad day, but we have to analyse what was wrong and try to change it. It’s not that you have to forget – you have to forget, but try to understand why and try to correct things as soon as possible.”
Benitez opted to make three changes to the side which excelled in midweek, but insisted that had no bearing on the result.
He said: “You have to change players, but we did it before and we were winning. Today it was just doing from the beginning a lot of things wrong, that’s it.”
Wolves boss Walter Zenga was delighted with the way his side responded to Tuesday night’s 4-0 home defeat by Barnsley in which all the goals came inside the final 17 minutes.
He said: “I am delighted because I got an answer from the team. We prepared for this game to show to ourselves first of all that the last 15 minutes of the last game was an accident, was something that can happen in football.
“Especially here in the Championship, where you play Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday and it’s very important to react or to confirm.
“The players wanted to see a reaction themselves to show that the last 15 minutes was a shock for everybody. Besides the fact that we won 2-0 here in Newcastle, the spirit of the team, how they approached the game, how they started the game, how they played is a big answer to everybody.
“Playing at this stadium in front of 52,000 fans against a team that came from five victories in a row, four games without conceding a goal and the last game was 6-0 for them away and we lost 4-0 at home, the approach was very important, and that is my satisfaction about today.”