English Premiership

Benitez praises Newcastle character

Rafa Benitez.(Getty Images)
Rafa Benitez.(Getty Images)

Cape Town - Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has praised his team's character and attitude, as well as their willingness to fight for their place every week.

Benitez made five changes ahead of the Magpies' Premier League clash with West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday, and saw his charges come back from two goals down to salvage a draw on the road.

"When you play two games in a few days, it’s important to have fresh legs," said the Spaniard, according to the Shields Gazette.

"It means also that everybody has to be on their toes if they want to stay in the team. 

"I think it’s another positive signal for the future, because everybody will say ‘I can play, so I have to carry on if I want to continue playing’.”

When asked about the impressive comeback at the Hawthorns, Benitez added: "It’s very positive for the future. I said before that this team cares. These players care. 

“They have very good team spirit, and we showed this character and ambition. It’s quite good for the future.”

The Magpies next face the daunting task of making the trip to Stamford Bridge to face English Premiership champions Chelsea on Saturday.

Kick off is at 14:30.

Fixtures
Tue 14 Jul 20 21:15 PM (SAST)
Chelsea
Norwich City
Stamford Bridge
Wed 15 Jul 20 19:00 PM (SAST)
Manchester City
AFC Bournemouth
Etihad Stadium
Wed 15 Jul 20 19:00 PM (SAST)
Newcastle United
Tottenham Hotspur
St. James' Park
Results
Mon 13 Jul 20
Manchester United 2
Southampton 2
Sun 12 Jul 20
AFC Bournemouth 4
Leicester City 1
Sun 12 Jul 20
Tottenham Hotspur 2
Arsenal 1
Logs
Team
P
W
PTS
1. Liverpool
35
30
93
2. Manchester City
35
23
72
3. Chelsea
35
18
60
4. Leicester City
35
17
59