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Rafa unmoved by critics

13th January 2018, 15:01 by Nick Harris

Rafael Benitez has brushed off criticism of Newcastle's approach against Manchester City and says he would do it again.

The Spaniard was slammed by television pundits for his defensive tactics in Wednesday night's 1-0 defeat by the Premier League leaders, with former Manchester United defender Gary Neville particularly scathing of the ex-Liverpool manager's bus-parking exercise.

But asked if it would stop him doing it again, he replied: "No. I will do what I have to do to win for my team, that's it.

"The last games that we saw - Bournemouth, Tottenham, Huddersfield and Swansea - against Manchester City, Huddersfield, they lost 2-1 and they had chances and they were deep, defending and counter-attack; and the others passing, passing - [conceded] four, four, four. That's it.

"We did what we had to do to stay in the game and then nearly got a draw. But I will not waste too much time on that because for me, it doesn't change anything."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

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