Benitez hails ‘passion and fight’ of Newcastle after draw

Date published: Saturday 23rd April 2016 6:03

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez praised the “passion and fight” of his players after they fought back from 2-0 down to earn a 2-2 draw at Liverpool.

The Reds went ahead after just 68 seconds at Anfield as Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring before Adam Lallana added a second on the half-hour mark for Jurgen Klopp’s team.

However, Newcastle launched a second-half comeback as Papiss Cisse and Jack Colback both scored to ensure the Toon left Anfield with a point as they bid to beat relegation from the Premier League.

And Benitez told Sky Sports: “I’m really pleased because of the passion and fight they showed. We changed two or three little things but we were still working hard and believed we could do it. A draw is fine for us at the moment.

“When you are bottom of the table and can still see this spirit and fight you have to be pleased. It’s a bigger step for us because we can keep believing. Every game now for us is massive. I have the Geordies and the Scousers on my side.”

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