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Perez reveals Magpies struggles

10th January 2019, 03:10 by Michael Holland

Newcastle star Ayoze Perez has suggested all is not well, but cannot put his finger on it as the Magpies struggle for results.

Newcastle will head into Saturday's difficult trip to Chelsea sitting just two points clear of the bottom three and with uncertainty reigning off the pitch.

Manager Rafael Benitez's contract is up at the end of the season and he is unwilling to sign an extension until he receives assurances regarding the club's ambition for the future, something which is unlikely to be forthcoming as owner Mike Ashley awaits developments in his attempts to find a buyer.

In the meantime, Benitez and his players need to come up with a solution to the difficulties which have seen them win just four times in all competitions in 23 games to date this season.

"Something is wrong. It wasn't good enough, but we have to keep going now," he said of the 1-1 draw with Blackburn in the FA Cup. "It's going to be a long January but we must stick together and face up to it."

Asked to elaborate, the 25-year-old Spaniard added: "I don't know exactly, but it is a strange thing. You can't struggle as much as we are in home games. That means something is wrong.

"It is strange because there is no consistency. Sometimes it is individual performances, sometimes it's not like that and it's team performance.

"It can't be individual every time as we have changed players and rotated. I think there is a piece of the jigsaw that is missing.

"It is holding us back and it's why we are struggling. We've won twice at home and that's just not acceptable. It's not good enough so something should change."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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