Newcastle manager Benitez makes big claim

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Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has re-iterated that it is important that his club achieve positive results during the end of the year period if they want to avoid relegation this season. 

The Magpies started the season in disastrous form which led to talk that they could part ways with Benitez. However, a recent resurgence has seen them move up to 14th place on the League standings with 9 points from 12 games. 

There is only a point separating them from the drop zone so the Toon Army are still not in a safe position. It is vital that the Magpies aim to pick up as many points as possible during the next five weeks as they will be in a good position to do so. 

They do not face any of the traditional Premier League heavyweights till Boxing Day when they will take on Liverpool. 

They play against Burnley next Monday and then play in winnable games against Huddersfield and Fulham which offers perfect opportunities to pick up points and much needed confidence. 

"When you are so close to the other teams, any win is massive - and two wins is even more important. Benitez told the Chronicle.

"I think the international break is bad for us, but at the same time it gives us time to recover and spend time with our families.

"We can come back with more energy and, if we can get another couple of good results, I’ve always said November and December will be so important for us."

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