Magpies taking confidence from winning run


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Rafael Benitez feels Newcastle’s confidence is now growing following their third Premier League victory on the trot.

The Magpies overcame Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moor on Monday evening, climbing to 13th in the table as they did.

Newcastle were given a helping hand by Ben Mee’s early own-goal while Ciaran Clark’s header from a Matt Ritchie cross midway through the opening half would prove decisive for Benitez’s side despite Sam Vokes registering for the home team before the interval.

Having failed to win any of their first 10 games in the league, Newcastle are now positively soaring up the table and their manager feels each victory they can collect will instil further confidence in what they are doing.

“Every game for us is like a final. Winning is massive because it gives us more confidence. There is still a long race ahead but we are doing well and hopefully we can continue that,” said the Geordies boss.

“We needed to win and to perform well. The players did it and were amazing in terms of effort, organisation and team spirit.”

Dealing with the threat of Sam Vokes and Chris Wood was central to Newcastle’s approach and Benitez was happy to see their training ground preparation paying off.

“We were working in the week trying to manage Burnley’s two big centre-forwards and the players did really well,” he added.

“The main thing for us is to make sure we can get something out of these games. We have confidence now and the players will continue pushing and working hard.”

Newcastle are 2.50 to make it four wins in a row by beating West Ham at St James’ Park on Saturday. The Hammers are 3.00 while the draw is 3.20.

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