So, Newcastle United pick up their second defeat in two games. Gulp. Schoolboy defending aside – what went wrong yesterday? And what will Rafa Benítez be picking over in the coming days?

Ineffective Positional Structure

What is positional structure, I hear you ask? Essentially, it describes how a team’s players are positioned in any given situation – it’s important as far as it determines a team’s access to the ball. A good structure enables the ball carrier to have a number of options as soon as he receives the ball; enabling quick distribution, circulation and control of a match.

Disappointing, yes. But patience is required. The Rafalution remains a work in progress.