'It's not like the Championship' - Benitez wants Newcastle to cut out mistakes

ShareClose Comments
The Magpies have won just once in six Premier League games and the Spaniard is looking for an improvement from his players

Rafael Benitez is growing frustrated with Newcastle making easy mistakes, warning ‘it’s not the Championship’.

Newcastle have suffered back-to-back 1-0 defeats by Burnley and Bournemouth to drop to 11th in the table after winning one of their last six Premier League games.

Magpies top promoted club 21/20

Benitez had led the club to the Championship title last season and is demanding improvement from his players ahead of a trip to Manchester United after the international break.

“We have to learn quickly what it means in the Premier League and what it means to make mistakes. It’s not like in the Championship when you make mistakes and you can win. If you make a mistake, you pay for that,” Benitez is quoted in the Shields Gazette.

“We have to learn what we have to do and how to react if something is right or if something is wrong.”

Following wins over West Ham, Swansea and Stoke earlier in the season, Newcastle have struggled in recent weeks and Benitez wants greater focus from his players after Bournemouth scored their winner in injury-time at St James’ Park on Saturday.

“It seemed that we were learning quickly, but now we are making mistakes and paying for that,” Benitez said.

“We have to be sure we’re more focused and concentrate, especially in the last minutes of a game. We have to keep working hard.”

Article continues below

Benitez changed tactics for the game against Bournemouth by switching from 4-2-3-1 to 4-4-2 after pairing Dwight Gayle and summer signing Joselu together for the first time.

Last season’s Championship top scorer Gayle had not featured in the starting XI since the second matchday and Benitez said: “He was training well.

“I was trying to find different ways to approach the game and attack.”

Next article:
Emery hopes Classique can inspire Real Madrid comeback
Next article:
Gernot Rohr vows to stick with core squad for World Cup
Next article:
29 seconds? 'Humiliated' Ceballos deserves more game time from apologetic Zidane
Next article:
VOTE: Fans' Asian Player of the Week
Next article:
Pogba, De Bruyne and Kane get boost in FIFA FUT 18 ratings refresh
Close