Rafael Benitez fully focused on Newcastle amid Leicester speculation

Arnold Nichols
February 27, 2019

I know we have to do a job, I know that we have to stay up and if we want to do that, I think we have to just stay focused on that.

"I said before that nearly everybody is fit, we are winning, we played well (against Huddersfield Town), we created chances, so everybody is more or less happy", the Newcastle official website quote him as saying ahead of the game.

Almiron has been signed to cure Newcastle's goal-shyness - only Huddersfield have scored fewer than the Magpies - but defensively they have also managed an improvement with only three conceded in their last five games.

The match starts at 21:00 on 26 February 2019.

The crowd, which has witnessed some terrible afternoon's at St James's Park, did enjoy it.

"And we were talking about that, he is someone who, when under pressure, is normally quite clam and that's a good thing in a midfielder".

Newcastle, playing with pace and objective, should have led by two or three goals by the break.

However, the dam finally broke 59 seconds into the second half, DeAndre Yedlin controlling Florian Lejeune's cross-field ball and playing in Perez, who combined with Isaac Hayden to tee up Rondon to fire through Lossl's legs.

Almiron, understandably, got the headlines yesterday, but there were impressive performances all over the pitch.

Newcastle United have been one of the most inconsistent teams in the league this season. He can relax now, they're a bit more open and entertaining.

Meanwhile, Tottenham will get the chance to prove Sutton wrong when they go to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea on Wednesday night.

That result moved United up the 15th in the Premier League table and four points clear of the bottom three.

"I think what disappointed the most is that it was so easy for Burnley to beat us".

It proved a bruising afternoon for Huddersfield, who have now lost 13 of the last 14 league games and have not won since November 25.

His current situation has alerted clubs both at home and overseas but Benitez, whose side face Burnley at home tomorrow night, insists his sole focus on on keeping the Magpies in the Premier League. "Initially, it was 40 points, but I think about 37 or 38 now will be fine".

Almiron was involved in most of the first half's major moments, his pace proving hard to handle.

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