Benitez urges more from Magpies

Rafael Benitez suggests there is 'no chance' anyone at Newcastle will be feeling they are safe in the Premier League after a 2-0 win over Burnley.

It was a second home success in four days for the Magpies after they beat ten-man Huddersfield on Saturday and the win hoisted Newcastle up to 13th in the table, seven points clear of Southampton in the third relegation spot.

Fabian Schar opened the scoring in stunning fashion midway through the first half, crashing a 30-yard shot in off the upright.

The impressive Sean Longstaff doubled the Magpies lead before the break, and they were fairly comfortable in seeing out their fourth win six games.

Burnley's unbeaten eight-game Premier League run came to an end and Newcastle leapfrogged their visitors in the table but Benitez says this isn't the time to be getting falsely secure.

"Winning games you have more confidence but we have to take one game at a time. We are where we are now because we focused on that and we have to keep doing the same," said the Spaniard.

"We cannot think the job is done, no chance. We have confidence and we have to keep going. We can lose games but we have to approach every game with the same mentality and the players know it is like that."

With his side now 33/1 to be relegated, Benitez is confident that Newcastle can finish the season in strong fashion and secure their top flight status for another term.

"I know my staff and since a long time ago we have finished stronger at the end of the season. Sometimes you can lose games but we finish stronger," he added.

"Last year we were safe with five games to play. It's something I was expecting and hopefully we can carry on winning games."

Newcastle are 3/1 to win away at West Ham on Saturday evening. The Hammers are 1/1 for the London Stadium clash, with the draw available at 11/5.

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Benitez won’t rest on laurels

Rafa Benitez is refusing to get carried away by Newcastle United's 2-0 win against Huddersfield and is focused only on beating Burnley on Tuesday.

Second-half goals by Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez helped the Magpies ease to victory against rock-bottom Town, who had Tommy Smith sent off before the interval.

Record signing Miguel Almiron starred for the Magpies, who are 21/20 to beat Burnley at St James' Park and 6/1 to win the match 1-0.

After the win, Benitez said: "Everybody was expecting that we could win, but maybe they were not expecting that we could play as well as this and create so many chances.

"But the main thing was to get three points – we did it and now it's just carry on. Always I say the next game is the most important – it's like a final for us.

"Burnley are doing quite well, so we have to play with the same intensity and try to get three points and carry on."

Meanwhile, the former Liverpool manager said of Almiron: "Everything we have seen is what we were expecting from him. Obviously, the defenders from the other teams will know him a little bit better now and it will be more difficult for him.

"But still, he is someone who is working really hard, so I think he can do well.

"Now he has to learn in the Premier League to understand what the physicality of the game means here, but I think he has the right mentality."

Nuno: We deserved draw

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo thought justice was done when his side snatched a last-gasp equaliser to draw 1-1 with Newcastle United.

Rafa Benitez's side looked set to clinch three much-needed points at Molineux on Monday until Willy Boly headed home Wolves' equaliser in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

Isaac Hayden had given the Magpies lead but Boly's late equaliser means they are only one point above the relegation zone with 12 matches of the campaign remaining. Newcastle are 7/1 to be relegated this season.

After watching his team extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to six games, Nuno said: "The last minute showed the character of the team and belief of our fans here in Molineux, so I'm pleased for the late moment of joy. Once again, it's a last-minute goal that I think puts some justice in the game, honestly.

"We keep on going. The boys know until the final whistle is there everybody fights. We went until the end, a big effort from the boys and a point here in Molineux I think was good.

"In the last minute we started putting the ball in the box and got a moment we deserved. The last minute gave us the joy in the end, I think it was well-deserved, I think we didn't deserve to lose this game."

Wolves are 17/20 to beat Bristol City in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Sunday and 8/1 to win the competition outright this season.

Selection problems please Rafa

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benítez is relieved that four members of his first-team squad have recovered from their injuries.

Paul Dummett, Ki Sung-yueng, Mohamed Diame and Karl Darlow are all available to face Wolves on Monday.

In addition, Yoshinori Muto has returned from Asian Cup duty with Japan and new signing Miguel Almiron could make his Magpies debut at Molineux.

However, Benitez is refusing to rush Jonjo Shelvey and Rob Elliot back to action too soon.

"It's much better. Apart from Jonjo and Elliot, the rest of the team are fine," Benitez said. "Everyone else is fit and available. It is good news – competition, as I always say, is positive for the team.

"Shelvey has been training outside but we don't want to take any risks. We still have to wait for one or two weeks but the problem is that he wants to push and be on the pitch, training well with the team, and we have to stop him sometimes.

"It is important to have everyone if it is possible but especially when at this time you are playing for everything."

Newcastle are 19/4 to beat Nuno Espirito Santo's side, who are currently seventh in the Premier League table.

Benitez has been impressed with how well Wolves have adapted to life in the top-flight following last season's promotion, adding: "They have a good manager and some very good players – they have players who have been champions of Europe and internationals at every level.

"They may be newly-promoted but they have spent more than £100million. They are a good team who are doing really well."

Newcastle are 7/2 to keep a clean sheet against Wolves.

Son shines on Spurs

Son Heung-min scored his second vital late goal in four days as Spurs edged out Newcastle 1-0 at Wembley.

Buoyed by their midweek win over champions Manchester City, the Magpies were organised and stubborn throughout and kept their hosts mostly at bay.

Rafael Benitez's side looked to be on course for a credible point before Son's weak shot from 20-yards found its way past Martin Dubravka.

Having returned from the Asian Cup at the start of the week, Son levelled in the midweek come-from-behind 2-1 win over Watford at Wembley, before his netted a last-minute winner.

Fernando Llorente was the match-winner then but the Spaniard found himself benched against Newcastle. With his side struggling, Mauricio Pochettino summoned Llorente for the final half-hour and he played his part in the key moment.

Llorente cushioned a long ball down into the path of Son, who worked some space before trying his luck from the edge of the area. It appeared a straightforward save for Dubravka, who impressed for Newcastle on the day, but somehow the ball went underneath him.

The three points lifted Tottenham into second spot, a point clear of Manchester City and four behind leaders Liverpool.

Pep Guardiola's side are 3/10 to beat Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. A point would move them back above Tottenham and the draw is 11/2. The Gunners trail their north London rivals by ten points and are 17/2 to claim three points on Sunday.

Son admits he is tired following his exertions at the Asian Cup, but he knows it was a vital week in Tottenham's season.

"Of course I'm tired but I think the two games were important. We've had a great week. It was a difficult game but we're very happy to get six points this week," he told Sky Sports.

He played down any suggestion there is more pressure on him with Harry Kane and Deli Alli injured.

"Not just me, I think everyone feels the same [pressure]. We tried to get the goal in the first half but football is not easy and we had to wait for the right moment.

"My teammates and the coaching staff give me a lot of confidence."

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No guarantees from Benitez

Rafa Benitez has cast doubt on his future as Newcastle United manager by refusing to say whether he will still be at the club next season.

The Spaniard's contract at St James' Park expires at the end of this season and he is believed to be unhappy with a lack of transfer activity at the club during the January transfer window.

Newcastle were knocked out of the FA Cup by Watford on Saturday are and 17th in the Premier League table after beating Cardiff City in their last game earlier this month.

They host Manchester City on Tuesday and are available at 20/1 to grind out a 0-0 draw against last season's Premier League champions.

"No, I cannot guarantee anything but I have not considered leaving [before my contract ends]," former Liverpool, Chelsea, Valencia and Real Madrid boss Benitez said.

"I am a professional and I want to do things well. I decided to stay in the Championship, to do my job and finish my job in the way that I like to do things.

"I have some principles and I will try to do things properly."

Newcastle can be backed at 4/1 to be relegated this season while Salomon Rondon is 9/2 to score at any time against Pep Guardiola's team, who will move to within one point of Premier League leaders Liverpool if they triumph on Tyneside.

Costly cup win for Magpies

Newcastle's 4-2 FA Cup third round replay win at Blackburn came at a cost after they lost both Ciaran Clark and Jamaal Lascelles to injury.

Magpies boss Rafael Benitez made eight changes to the side which started in Saturday's 2-1 Premier League defeat at Chelsea.

However, Newcastle made a flying start at Ewood Park when Sean Longstaff scored after a minute with a deflected 25-yard shot, before Callum Roberts added the second on 22 minutes.

But, Rovers came back to level before the break thanks to Adam Armstrong's finish and Darragh Lenihan's powerful header.

The tie went to extra-time where Joselu and Ayoze Perez were on the scoresheet to seal a first win in seven matches in all competitions for Newcastle and booked them a fourth-round home tie against Watford.

But the loss of defensive duo Clark and Lascelles because of respective knee and hamstring problems is something Benitez can ill-afford with his side 18th in the Premier League and facing fellow strugglers Cardiff City at St James' Park on Saturday.

The Spanish tactician said: "We need to wait until Wednesday and see how they are, and if they cannot play then we will bring another one in. Jamaal Lascelles was limping because he felt something.

"When it is a hamstring, you never know."

On the win, Benitez added: "The young players did well, and the main thing was that everybody was giving 100% for each other and that is what we did.

"The commitment and the team effort is there and you have to be pleased and carry confidence forward when you score four goals. The main thing is to get three points against Cardiff."

Newcastle, who are 66/1 to win the FA Cup this season, are 10/11 to defeat Cardiff in the league this weekend, while the Bluebirds are priced at 10/3 and the draw is 23/10.

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Mowbray seeks cup shock

Tony Mowbray hopes his Blackburn side can keep their good run going by knocking Newcastle United out of the FA Cup on Tuesday.

Rovers, 3/4 to win the replay and qualify for the fourth round, have beaten West Brom and Millwall in their last two Championship games with Jack Rodwell playing a key role against the Lions.

The 27-year-old, who signed a one-year deal at Ewood Park after leaving Sunderland, helped Rovers win their first away game since October by beating Millwall.

Rodwell was making his first appearance since recovering from a groin strain, with Mowbray saying of the former Everton and Manchester City star: "Playing centre-half, he's played as a sitting midfielder, but I think behind the ball is where he's best.

"He's experienced, he's mobile enough, and can use both feet so it's not an issue for him playing on the left or the right.

"The Newcastle game is one that we'd like to win. We have a good record at home and against a Premier League side it will be difficult, but we have to keep our confidence and a level of expectation going.

"We have a home game on Saturday against Ipswich, who won on Saturday which will have given them a lift, but if we're at our best then we can give anyone a game."

Blackburn can be backed at 7/4 to keep a clean sheet against Rafa Benitez's Newcastle side, who are 5/2 to be relegated from the Premier League this season.

Benitez tired of transfer talk

Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez says he wants to focus on football rather then transfers or any potential takeovers of the club.

The Magpies, 11/4 to be relegated this season, have yet to add any new players to their squad this month while news about a potential takeover by Peter Kenyon has gone quiet.

Benitez says he is tired of wasting energy talking about non-football matters and is instead only interested in Saturday's match against Chelsea.

Newcastle are 9/1 to keep a clean sheet against the Blues and 12/1 to draw the Stamford Bridge clash 0-0.

Former Real Madrid, Chelsea and Liverpool boss Benitez said: "I will not talk about the transfer window, I will not talk about names and I will not talk about the takeover. We are wasting energy on these things.

"We need to focus on the game. I could say it's a difficult window like other managers, but I prefer not to.

"I don't want to talk about players, I don't want to talk about takeovers, I don't want to talk about me. I just want to talk about these players and our games."

Newcastle are 15th heading into this weekend's fixtures after winning just four of their first 21 Premier League matches this season.

Benitez keen to enjoy long run

Rafa Benitez insists he is keen to win the FA Cup with Newcastle United this season even though his team are only two points above the relegation zone.

The Magpies have not won the competition since 1955 and in recent years have often fielded weakened sides in the opening rounds to their fans' consternation.

Newcastle, 66/1 to win the FA Cup this season, face Blackburn Rovers in the third round this weekend and are 4/6 to beat Tony Mowbray's team.

Benitez said: "The main thing for us is to approach the next game trying to win – in this case, it's the FA Cup. I won the FA Cup [with Liverpool in 2006] so for me, it's a massive trophy, but I will not take any risks."

Benitez will be without injured trio Mohamed Diame, Federico Fernandez and Karl Darlow and has indicated that he will not be able to strengthen his squad during the January transfer window.

He added: "We will try to go through, but using the squad we have.

"It's an opportunity for us to do well. We will play at home; we have to change things at home so it's an opportunity to do that. Can we do it? I hope so.

"I have to concentrate on getting the best from these players. We are in a position we don't deserve to be in terms of the potential of this club."