By Amir Mir

Rafa Benitez has stated Newcastle would find it “very, very difficult” to beat the Championship points record of 106.

The Magpies are flying high in England’s second-tier with 37 points from 16 games as they lead the Championship by three points.

Reading hold the record for most points accumulated over one season with 106 points recorded in the 2005/06 season under Steve Coppell.

Newcastle, who are overwhelming favourites for promotion this term, have won their last seven league fixtures and Benitez believes beating Reading’s record is not in his thought process.

“No, I am sure that it will be very, very difficult,” Benitez told Sky Bet. “You know our idea is to approach every game like the most important game, one game at a time, so we are not thinking about points, we are thinking about the next game.”

The north east club have surpassed the 100 mark barrier in the Championship before when they recorded 102 points in the 2009/10 season under the stewardship of Chris Hughton.

Benitez’ side will travel to Yorkshire to take on promotion chasing Leeds after the international break with a sell-out crowd expected at Elland Road.

In other Newcastle team news, Ronald Aaron’s has praised supporters for helping him through his injury.