Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Newcastle boss Benitez: Southampton win gives us necessary confidence

Newcastle boss Benitez: Southampton win gives us necessary confidence

Newcastle's flirtation with the relegation zone has led Benitez to state the need for his team to be much more offensive in their final games, starting with this home game against a team now below them.

Dwight Gayle set up Kenedy for his second goal in the 29th minute, and Ritchie completed the scoring with a fine strike after the break.

"It's the challenge for him to be ready for the next team (match), or whatever, but we are happy to see him here and playing well for us".

"We already had a bit of pace with (Christian) Atsu and (Jacob) Murphy and the ability and work rate of Ritchie, but Kenedy is good on the ball".

Benitez has also been linked with the West Ham job, but Bellamy said the Spaniard can achieve big things at Newcastle if he can help the club stave off relegation. Maya Yoshida (knee) and Steven Davis (hamstring) but has no further problems with player fitness ahead of this weekend. Kenedy has been a revelation up front and Rafa Benitez will try to sign the player permanently from Chelsea if they stay up, but so too has the goalkeeper, Martin Dubravka, signed from Sparta Prague.

"He's a young player".

"He has slotted in very well and, to be fair, the atmosphere between all the players is very good". His confidence is good, and he has the possibility to express himself here.

Newcastle have been on a contrastingly strong run of form in 2018, losing just twice in the league to Liverpool and Manchester City, whilst also recording victories over Manchester United and Stoke City.

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez was pleased with his side's intensity in their win over Southampton but admits a three-week break until their next game is not ideal.

A loan to Newcastle has provided him with the chance to play regular Premier League football, which will be invaluable in the 22-year-old's progression as a player.

Southampton, who are winless in their last four league games, will be hoping to get a morale-boosting win when they meet League One (third tier) side Wigan Athletic in their FA Cup quarter-final tie next Sunday.

"It was just important that we got the win and played really well".

And Lascelles knows maximum points from the two home games will go a long way to securing Premier League status.

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