Benitez vows to ‘keep pushing’ after ‘disappointing’ loss

Date published: Saturday 2nd April 2016 6:31

Rafael Benitez: Responded to Sam Allardyce's mind games

Rafael Benitez: Responded to Sam Allardyce's mind games

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez says the 3-2 loss to relegation rivals Norwich City was a “pity”, but vowed to “keep pushing” to secure Premier League survival.

Aleksandar Mitrovic came off the bench to score for the Magpies after Timm Klose put Norwich 1-0 ahead.

Dieumerci Mbokani score three minutes later to restore the hosts’ lead, but substitute Mitrovic looked to have secured a point when he converted a late penalty.

But Norwich defender Martin Olsson scored a late winner to break Newcastle hearts and send his side six points clear of 19th-placed Newcastle.

Magpies manager Benitez admitted that the defeat was disappointing, but vowed to fight back.

The Spaniard said: “Today was a pity. We conceded in the last minute of the first half and then we reacted well but we are disappointed.

“We worked hard but it is not enough to win games. We have seven games to go and we have to keep pushing.

“When we scored the second goal we were on top but we make a mistake and concede. It can happen when you don’t have too much confidence but we have to change it for the next game.

“Now it is more difficult but we have to keep confident that we can still do it. What upsets you more is the way that we concede in the last minute of each half.

“If we start winning games we still have time.”

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