Rafa Knew It Would Be Tough

Magpies need to 'learn' from defeat - Rafael Benitez

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Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez, speaking to BBC's Match of the Day: "We played against a good team and were fine for a while in the first half. We could avoid their goal, it was a little bit lucky.

"We had situations on the counter attack where we could be more dangerous but we didn't do it. The last 10 minutes they had chances to score but until the second goal we were pushing. It is a shame because you could feel the atmosphere was getting nervous.

"When you play top sides away it can be a mistake which makes the difference. In the end it was a mistake and we must learn from this and be ready for the next one.

"I think 38 points is enough [to stay up], 40 just in case. Hopefully it will be less."

Newcastle entertain Crystal Palace on 6 April and then face Leicester away from home on 12 April.