Yedlin: We’ll keep fo­cus all the way

Sunderland Echo - - Football -

New­cas­tle full-back De­An­dre Yedlin is en­joy­ing Rafa Ben­itez’s man­age­ment style as the Mag­pies fight for Premier League safety.

Hav­ing blown a 2-0 lead at Bournemouth re­cently, Ben­itez re­it­er­ated a key mes­sage to con­cen­trate for the full game to his play­ers ahead of last week’s vi­tal 3-0 win over rel­e­ga­tion ri­vals Southamp­ton.

“That’s one of the things that Rafa kind of preached, that we needed to fo­cus for the whole game and not just 80 min­utes or even 85 min­utes,” said Yedlin (pic­tured).

“It needs to be for 90 or 93 min­utes, or what­ever it might be. It needs to be for the whole game.

“That’s what we did. We stayed on top of them, stayed high. At 3-0 up, we were stay­ing high. It shows that we’re pro­gress­ing and it’s come at a good time.”

The win took New­cas­tle up to 13th place, but they have no game this week­end and must wait un­til March 31 to host Hud­der­s­field.

Yedlin added: “It was very im­por­tant (to win), ob­vi­ously not only for the points, but to keep the mo­men­tum go­ing. Two wins in two here, two big wins.”

Ben­itez has ar­ranged a friendly against Bel­gian club Royal An­twerp on Sun­day to fill the hole in the fix­ture list. The teams will play three 45 min­utes pe­ri­ods in Mur­cia, Spain.

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