By Russell Edge

Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez has revealed that he would have liked to have had more points on the board after his side’s start to the season.

The Magpies currently sit seventh in the Premier League table after their return to the top flight following their successful campaign in the Championship last season.

They have picked up four wins so far, three coming in succession earlier in the campaign and sit above the likes of Liverpool, Southampton and Leicester City.

However, while he says he is happy with how the season has gone so far, he has shockingly revealed that the club have picked up less points than he would have wanted at the beginning of the campaign.

He told the Chronicle: “Maybe less (points) than we wanted, but we are happy.

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“Everybody is doing what we expect them to do – we have ideas, game-plans and they are doing that.

“We have had another good training session today, and that is the reason why we are in a good position in the table.”

Newcastle’s last match saw them pick up their first win in four games with a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace thanks to a Mikel Merino header late on.

It means they have now gone unbeaten in three games, as they ready themselves for a Monday night clash against Burnley at Turf Moor.

The Clarets sit just one point and one place behind Benitez’s side, having suffered a 3-0 defeat away to Manchester City in their last outing.

The home side could come into the clash without top scorer Chris Wood after manager Sean Dyche confirmed he was an injury doubt.

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