Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Going Up Is All That Matters to Benitez

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Going Up Is All That Matters to Benitez

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RAFA Benitez insists he does not mind if Newcastle United finish as Championship runners-up this season as long as they secure promotion back to the Premier League.

Brighton leapfrogged the Magpies to the summit of the secondtier table in midweek, capitalising on United's slip-up against Sheffield Wednesday by hammering Queens Park Rangers.

Though Newcastle conceded top spot to the Seagulls, the Magpies remain six points clear of third-placed Reading and are still the bookmakers' favourites to go up as champions.

Yet Benitez's sole focus right now is on promotion - whether as division winners or runners-up.

"I don't have any problem with going up as runners-up," Benitez replied when asked if Newcastle would only succeed this season if they gained promotion as champions.

"The teams at the top of the table now - Brighton and Sheffield Wednesday - they have experience in this division.

"Teams playing good football like Reading and Huddersfield Town are also near the top. …

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