Downbeat Benitez in the dark about Newcastle signings

Arnold Nichols
August 21, 2017

This week's result isn't as eye-catching as their 3-0 win over Crystal Palace, but Huddersfield looked exceptionally more qualified for life in the Premier League than fellow newcomers Newcastle.

It was a neat move with Mooy playing a one-two with Elias Kachunga who played the Australian into the area, the former club-record signing teed it up and hit a sweet, curling effort beyond the reach of Elliot and into the top corner.

It is today's early game - Huddersfield Town v Newcastle United at The John Smith's Stadium.

That proved to be Huddersfield's final win of a sorry campaign that ended in relegation, a fate that - on early evidence -David Wagner's men have every chance of avoiding come May.

"We knew that Newcastle were hard to break down, we had to be patient and were and then we had one great and magic moment from Aaron Mooy that was enough to win this game".

Lascelles, who joined Newcastle from Nottingham Forest in 2014, played through the pain in the second half of last term before having a double hernia operation in May once promotion was secured.

A series of new signings, mainly from Europe, during the off-season has given Huddersfield a fighting chance of survival and their opening-day win at Palace only added to the optimism of the Terriers faithful.

"It's been a great start so far", said the Australia worldwide, who spent last season on loan from Manchester City and made the move permanent in an £8m deal during the summer.

Benitez took off the ineffective Dwight Gayle, replacing him with Spanish forward Joselu, and that, combined with greater urgency, saw Newcastle apply some pressure.

RAFA BENITEZ admits Newcastle are not ready for the Premier League after they crashed again.

The Magpies are hoping to make amends for their 2-0 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in the season opener.

"The next game is the most important".

"It's maybe because it's a learning process so we have to learn quickly, maybe it's too soon for us".

"I'm not happy because we have lost two games".

Newcastle's only other first-half scare came when Atsu and Javier Manquillo were caught out trying to play their way out of trouble, though Steve Mounie was correctly adjudged to be offside by the time he fired at Elliot.

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