New Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez says he saw a lot of positives from the 1-0 defeat against Leicester and he thinks that these positives are enough to keep the Newcastle side up. The Magpies remain in the relegation zone, one point from safety, after losing their first game with their new boss. Newcastle have 9 games left to play, the next of which is against danger-stricken rivals Sunderland.
Newcastle started off the game against Leicester brightly, but unfortunately they fell behind to a glorious over-head kick from the Japanese international Shinji Okazaki. The Magpies were unable to equalize despite Ayoze Perez and Moussa Sissoko going close. The former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss added: “We started really well, but the reaction of the team in the second half was pleasing because you could see the commitment of the players and we were trying to win. When you are in this position, it’s important to create and I think we’ll take are chances next time.”
Benitez said: "We have to improve in both areas and that is our job now. We have one full week and we need to improve these little things. It's a question of having a bit of luck, but we have to think about the positives and we are creating chances. We know our next game against Sunderland will be important for everyone, but I have a feeling the fans are really good and they are the number 12 for the next game." Newcastle’s next two games are against fellow strugglers Sunderland and Norwich, these are two real God gifts and the Magpies will be hoping to clinch 6 well needed points.