Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has pleaded with the club’s supporters to stick to supporting the team after they saw the Magpies lose 3-0 to Watford on Saturday.
It was a sell out at St James’ Park, the seventh consecutive home match that the Magpies have filled the 52,000 seater stadium, but the Toon Army would have been mightily unimpressed with the display their side put on against the Hornets.
Strikes from midfielder Will Hughes and striker Andre Gray, which sandwiched a DeAndre Yedlin own goal, saw Marco Silva’s side run out comfortable 3-0 winners and condemn Benitez and his side to their fourth successive defeat, after losing to Burnley, Bournemouth and Manchester United.
Fans were pictured leaving the stadium after Watford netted their third, despite having half an hour to be played, while the full time whistle was met by a chorus of boos from those remaining.
However, despite having conceded seven goals and score just one over their last two outings, Benitez insisted that the entire club, from the playing squad, to the match room staff, to the supporters, need to stick together if they are to find a way out of the slump they are going through.
Speaking to the Chronicle, the Spanish boss said: “We have to realise – the staff, the players, the fans, the media – that the only way for us is to keep working harder and together, that’s it. Simple.
“For us, EVERY game will be very difficult, as we have seen today with Watford and we will see against West Brom.
“It doesn’t matter the name of the other team, it will be tough for us. We have to obviously realise that we have to improve on a lot of things.”
The Magpies will travel to the Hawthorns on Tuesday to take on a West Brom side currently lacking a permanent manager, although interim boss Gary Megson did manage to guide the Baggies to a 1-1 draw with high flying Tottenham on Saturday.
Defeat for Newcastle would see West Brom, currently sitting in 17th, one place and one point above the relegation zone, go level on points with them, and drag them ever close to the fight for the drop.
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