first_imgNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez insists they are still very much in a relegation fight, despite their recent run of formThe Magpies secured back-to-back wins for the first time this season before the international break.The six points moved Newcastle up to 14th-place and, critically, out of the relegation zone – albeit by just one point.Therefore, ahead of Monday’s trip to Burnley, Benitez is adamant they cannot look any further than a relegation battle.“We started walking and now we are running, but we still have to improve our pace and go faster,” said Benitez, according to BT Sport.“We have got to keep winning because two games is not enough.“Confidence is much better at the moment. I was praising the players because they were training well and not winning, but as soon as you start winning games you can see that things are much more positive.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Aside from losing Wales defender Paul Dummett to injury over the international break, Benitez has no fresh injury concerns.Captain Jamaal Lascelles, Jonjo Shelvey and Yoshinori Muto could all make their returns to action at Turf Moor after recovering from injuries.While French defender Florian Lejeune has made an earlier than expected return to training from a knee problem.But Benitez, who reckons the Christmas fixtures will be vital for Newcastle, fears it will be hard to avoid a season-long relegation fight.The Spaniard referenced the unbeaten Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea when explaining the difficulty of the Premier League.“This league is quite special because you have three teams in November who still haven’t lost any games,” added Benitez.“There is a big difference between those teams and the others so you can have a bad run and then you lose confidence, and it can get worse for every game.”last_img