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Every player focused on improvement - Benitez

11th January 2019, 15:38 by James Mason

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez says the whole squad are focused on turning around the club's poor run of form.

After appearing to pull away from the relegation fight with three straight victories in November, the Magpies have picked up just one win from their last nine matches in all competitions.

Newcastle have slipped to 15th in the Premier League, just two points above the bottom three, and they face a tricky task on Saturday evening when they take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, a venue the north-east outfit have not won at since 2012.

It is a crucial stage of the season for Benitez, whose contract runs out at the end of the campaign, but he insists everyone involved with the club are working hard to turn around recent results.

"They are disappointed when you lose and don't take chances, but after that, we have to clear our heads and start thinking about the next game," he said at a press conference.

"Last January, we were in a difficult position, but we started winning and we finished tenth."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

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