Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has said that his side did not work hard enough in their 3-0 defeat to Watford at St James’ Park on Saturday.
The Magpies were easily dispatched by Marco Silva’s side, with goals from Will Hughes and Andre Gray sandwiching an own goal from DeAndre Yedlin to secure the three points.
It was the fourth successive defeat for Benitez’s side, after losing to Burnley, Bournemouth and Manchester United in recent weeks, and leaves them sitting just four points ahead of the relegation zone in 13th, having begun the weekend in 11th.
The Spanish manager blasted his side’s work ethic, insisting that they needed to put more effort in to prevent defeat, as well as continuing to focus on their teamwork.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, he said: “We can work harder, work better and that’s it. We have to realise that this is the Premier League and you have to be strong as a unit.
“We have to stick together like we did in a lot of games and improve that.
“I see West Brom as the next challenge and we will try to put things right in this game.”
The Magpies travel to the Hawthorns on Tuesday to take on a Baggies’ side currently lacking a full time manager after they sacked Tony Pulis following their 4-0 defeat to Chelsea, which left them one point and one place off the relegation zone.
Caretaker boss Gary Megson, who was permanent manager at the club back between 200 and 2004, managed to pull off an impressive 1-1 draw with Tottenham on Saturday.
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