Rafa Benitez still believes that Newcastle’s home form can save them from relegation and says: “It’s not the time to criticise.”
The Magpies lost their ninth straight game away from home – crashing 3-1 at Southampton – and their Spanish boss admits that the situation looks dire.
He somehow has to stop Newcastle starting games as badly as they did once again at St Mary’s.
“To be fair, the last three games have been the same. I’ve been saying the same thing,” said Benitez. “Second half we did much better but I’m really disappointed with the first half. Everyone needs to know that we have a lot of people behind us and so we need to give everything.
“Normally when you are in the position we are in, when you start the game conceding a goal, it’s not the best. We have to show more character like we did in the second half. We have four more games at home and we will need everyone’s support there. In the second half, the team showed we had character.
“Away we are not doing well. At home we have the fans behind us and we need them. It’s not the time to criticise. We have six games to play and everyone is important.
“It important that everybody continues to believe. The anxiety is killing us sometimes. If we can control these things then things will change.”