By Russell Edge

25th Feb, 2018 | 7:38pm

Benitez delivers surprise verdict on Newcastle relegation battle after Bournemouth draw

Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez has surprisingly stated that he is not worried about where the club sit in the Premier League table after seeing his side draw 2-2 against Bournemouth on Saturday.
The Magpies looked set to secure their second successive victory heading into the final quarter of an hour on the south coast, having beaten Manchester United a fortnight ago, but the Cherries fought back with two late goals to cancel out Dwight Gayle’s first half brace.
While three points would have lifted Benitez and his men above Bournemouth in the table, the draw means they have slipped two places into 15th, and sit just two points above the relegation zone, and three ahead of 19th placed Stoke City in a tight relegation battle.
However, with 10 games left to play until the final rankings will be decided, Benitez surprisingly insists that he will not be paying the Magpies’ league position much time, rather focusing on the actual performances, which he is positive about.
He told the Daily Mail: “The main thing for me is not just where you are in the table.
“You have to realise where you are but it’s to be sure that the team continue fighting, playing well and with the belief that we can win.
“The team has confidence in terms of a lot of the things we have done well and we have to be sure that next time we are positive and try to do things in the same way and avoid these mistakes.”
Newcastle fans would have been hoping to have seen their side see out the clash against Bournemouth knowing the difficult run of fixtures coming up for the club.
Their next match sees them visit Anfield to take on a rampant Liverpool side, which is followed by a home clash against Southampton and an away trip to fourth placed Tottenham.
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