Benitez: Newcastle need a miracle for top-10 finish

HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15: Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United looks on during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United at John Smith's Stadium on December 15, 2018 in Huddersfield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez is braced for a season-long battle in the bottom half of the Premier League

The Magpies settled for a disappointing 0-0 draw against bottom-placed side Fulham on Saturday at home to leave them down in 15th-place and five points above the drop zone.

Following a summer of little investment in the club, Benitez has all but ruled out a repeat of last term’s 10th-place finish.

“I’m not happy with a point,” said Benitez, according to Football365.

“But I’m happy because we didn’t lose and we have four points from the last two games. I want to win and I want to win every game.

“The problem is that you have to be realistic and if you cannot win, be sure you don’t lose these kinds of games.

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“It’s not easy for anyone here. I was talking last week with people at Huddersfield and we talked about the pressure, a big city, a big club, what it means for us, what it means for them and how you manage this situation.

“I think our fans know. Obviously during the game, they want the best for the team and they are expecting something more, but I am sure after a couple of days, they will say, ‘Okay, we have to keep supporting the team because it’s what we have and these players are giving everything’.

“Sometimes we make the wrong decisions, but it does not mean that we are not trying to do our best every single game.

“I said after Huddersfield that we have to give credit to this group of players because with all the circumstances here, they are doing well.

“But still, we have to realise that we will be in the bottom half of the table during the whole season because it’s like that, and if we do well and we can higher, it will be another miracle.”

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