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Benitez bemoans mistakes as Magpies slide into trouble

Newcastle United 2-3 Leicester City

By Damien Spellman

Rafael Benitez insisted he cannot even think about a takeover of Newcastle and the cash it could hand him as he attempts to prevent their season from unravelling.

The promoted Magpies slipped to within two points of the relegation zone after Leicester condemned them to a sixth defeat in seven games with a last-gasp winner at St James' Park.

Former Newcastle skipper Alan Shearer summed up the frustration of many in a tweet directed at owner Mike Ashley, as he continues talks with prospective buyer Amanda Staveley's PCP Capital Partners.

Shearer wrote: "Nowhere near good enough @NUFC today. Sell our club Mr Ashley to someone who wants to be here before it's too late again."

However, when asked if the defeat means investment in January is imperative, Benitez said: "After a game is not the time for me to talk about that.

"What I can say is the players, they put in an effort on the pitch, but still we have to improve if we want to get three points in these kind of games.

"We have paid in the past two or three games for easy mistakes and we have to learn quickly."

Newcastle thought they had snatched a point when Dwight Gayle saw his 73rd-minute shot deflected past Kasper Schmeichel by Harry Maguire to make it 2-2. But their hopes were dashed when they were caught on the counter-attack and Ayoze Perez fired into his own net.

The Foxes had earlier bounced back from Joselu's fifth-minute opener to lead through goals from Riyad Mahrez and Demarai Gray.

Benitez said: "I said that it could be like this and we have to understand that the only way is keep working harder and don't make these kind of mistakes."

Foxes boss Claude Puel was delighted with the efforts of his players.

He said: "I think we deserved this win with a fantastic positive attitude."

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