Yedlin: We’ll keep focus all the way
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.