Benitez: Same old problems for Newcastle

Date published: Saturday 9th April 2016 7:18

Rafael Benitez: Said to be 'seriously considering' Newcastle stay even if relegated

Rafael Benitez was frustrated to watch Newcastle United repeat mistakes of the past in their 3-1 defeat at Southampton.

Newcastle drew with Sunderland in Benitez’s first game in charge but followed up a 3-2 defeat at Norwich City last time out with a disappointing first-half performance at St Mary’s.

Shane Long and Graziano Pelle left the Magpies facing an uphill battle at half-time, and though Andros Townsend did provide a glimmer of hope for his side after Victor Wanyama had made it 3-0, the damage had already been done.

The last three games have been the same, I’ve been saying the same thing,” Benitez told BBC Sport.

“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.”

Newcastle are six points adrift of safety in the Premier League with only six games to save themselves, but Benitez will not throw in the towel just yet with four of those games at St James’ Park.

“We have four more games at home and we will need everyone’s support there,” Benitez added. “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.”

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