Rafa retains survival belief

09 October 2018 03:34:28 EST

Manager Rafa Benitez is remaining calm about the position his Newcastle United team find themselves in in the Premier League standings.

The Magpies have garnered a mere two points from eight league games played so far this season and are still searching for a first victory of the campaign.

For us, the main thing is to keep working hard and doing the right things, even if you lose a game.

Rafa Benitez

However, having guided the Tynesiders away from danger last season, Benitez is not about to panic about the lowly placing of his side at the present time.

The Spaniard told the Northern Echo: "If you just analyse the situation now, we are in the bottom three, but Crystal Palace, Bournemouth and Everton were in the bottom three after nine fixtures (last season) and none of them were relegated.

"Why? Because they were better and working harder and doing well and other teams were doing worse. For us, the main thing is to keep working hard and doing the right things, even if you lose a game.

"We need to do the right things, but even if you are right, you can lose. The team is good and the team will do well if we have confidence.

"Some of the players were doing well at the end of last season, but they are not doing so well now.

"We will need some time to make sure they go back to that level. In the meantime we have played four of the top six. So was anyone expecting that now we would be in the middle of the table? No, no-one."

The Magpies are currently priced at 11/2 to be relegated this season, while they are available at 1/8 to beat the drop.

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