How costly could those final 15 minutes prove to be at the end of the season?
Newcastle threw away two points at Dean Court, without doubt.
Easily the better team in the first half, but Rafa took the chance to kill off the game by making substitutions late in the game ... and his team fell to bits!
To head in to the final 10 minutes on the south coast 2-0, and then barely scrape a draw by the full-time whistle, really is disappointing.
The Magpies could have found themselves 10th in the table with a win. Instead, Newcastle are still in the middle of a large bunch of teams fighting against the drop.
Come the end of the season, will those two dropped points prove costly?
The Magpies certainly hope not, but this felt like a defeat, rather than a draw given the manner of the result.
Benitez will have been livid, of that there is no doubt. But you know what ... he is not blameless!