Benitez downbeat after another Newcastle defeat

Date published: Saturday 16th December 2017 6:39

Rafael Benitez urged Newcastle to “stay calm” despite offering another downbeat assessment of their prospects.

Newcastle have struggled in recent weeks prior to today’s 1-0 defeat at Arsenal and were well beaten by Manchester United, Chelsea and Watford before losing 3-2 at home to Leicester last weekend.

While takeover talks rumble on, Benitez continues to be backed by the Newcastle fans, even though their poor run has seen them drop into the relegation zone.

The Spaniard again praised the travelling support, who sang his name for much of the contest as he once more pointed to a lack of summer signings as the reason for their recent struggles.

“This team is still fighting and our fans could see that,” he said.

“The fans knew what happened in the summer and we are working hard to put things right. We have to learn quickly.

“You can’t complain about the work-rate of our players. They gave everything. We are where we are and have what we have.

“We are a team that came from the Championship and where we are now could be expected. We must stay calm.”

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