Belfast Telegraph

Rafa: We aren't down yet

By Matt McGeehan

Rafa Benitez maintains survival is possible if Newcastle United can show the same level of performance as they did in the second-half of Saturday's 3-2 defeat at Norwich.

Aleksandar Mitrovic twice drew the Magpies level only for Martin Olsson's stoppage-time strike to earn three valuable points to boost the hosts' own survival charge.

Though encouraged by what he saw from his team after the interval, Benitez struggled to explain the insipid first-half display.

"For 10, 15 minutes we were fine," he said. "After we made one or two mistakes, we gave them the belief they could win.

"We had a bit of anxiety, some nerves, made three, four mistakes.

"When you are at the bottom of the table you have to manage the situations and you have to manage your character, your nerves.

"We didn't do well in the first-half and (did) much better in the second-half."

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