Rafa: I’m tak­ing in one game at a time

Sunday Sun - - Football -

RAFA Ben­itez says he won’t look at the Premier League ta­ble – de­spite lead­ing New­cas­tle United to fourth place.

The Toon man­ager, above, in­sists his team must keep their feet firmly on the ground and con­tinue to take it one game at a time.

Speak­ing af­ter the 2-1 win over Stoke, Ben­itez said: “The fans, when you win so many games in a row, they are ex­cited and think­ing about Europe – for me it is one game at a time. It is a very com­pet­i­tive league and we are learn­ing from that.

“I haven’t seen the ta­ble and I don’t want to see the ta­ble, be­lieve me. I said one game at a time and now it’s just to be sure that the fans en­joy it.

“They can en­joy it, we have to en­joy it, but we have to be sure that the next train­ing ses­sion, we start cor­rect­ing things and im­prov­ing things –that’s our re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

Ben­itez en­joyed his first game back since re­cov­er­ing from a her­nia op­er­a­tion but he lim­ited his for­ays into the tech­ni­cal area.

He said: “Nor­mally I am a lit­tle bit more ag­i­tated, but to­day I have to be care­ful – it will take some time to heal.”

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