By Amir Mir 

Rafa Benitez has urged his Newcastle players to “keep doing what you are doing” as they close in on a club record.

The Championship giants have won nine consecutive games in all competitions this season and a win against Blackburn on Saturday at St James Park will see the Magpies win ten games in a row for the first time in their history.

Benitez has guided the north east club to the top of the Championship table as they have recorded 40 points from 17 games, five ahead of Brighton who are in second place.

Ahead of their clash against Owen Coyle’s relegation threatened Blackburn, Benitez delivered this message to his players as they have the opportunity to enter the history books.

“If we want to get the record or break any records you have to keep doing what you are doing.” said Benitez, as quoted by the Chronicle. “If you change your approach, then something is wrong.

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“So we have to do the same then after maybe we can enjoy it.”

The north east club beat Leeds 2-0 last Sunday, their ninth win in a row, which equalled Kevin Keegan’s 22-year-old record.

Now the Magpies can extend their lead at the top of the table on Saturday afternoon against a side that is 22nd in the league with 16 points to their name.

Coyle’s men will be wary of the attacking threat the home side posses as they have scored a league high of 36 goals from 17 encounters.

Former Premier League player Dwight Gayle has been at the heart of their attacking play with a return of 13 goals in 13 games this term.

In other Newcastle team news, why Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic should start up front against Blackburn on Saturday.