Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

In the End We Will All Win If We Stay United; BENITEZ PRAISES SPIRIT AND MENTAL TOUGHNESS OF HIS SIDE AS TESTS COME THICK AND FAST

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

In the End We Will All Win If We Stay United; BENITEZ PRAISES SPIRIT AND MENTAL TOUGHNESS OF HIS SIDE AS TESTS COME THICK AND FAST

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Byline: LEE RYDER Chief Sport Writer lee.ryder@trinitymirror.com @lee_ryder

RAFA Benitez has described the Sky Bet Championship season as a "marathon" but believes his players are showing exactly the right character at exactly the right time.

Newcastle take on Reading after clocking up plenty of miles in the last nine days after trips to Brighton and Huddersfield.

Even after the clash against the Royals, there will still be 10 more matches for the Magpies to play and Benitez knows how testing this last few weeks have been for his tabletopping team.

He told the Chronicle: "We said before the season there would be many games and how difficult it would be.

"When you are away every other week playing here and there, then you come back for home games, you don't have a lot of time.

"It's a marathon and you have to compare this league like a marathon."

Newcastle have turned things around in an emphatic manner since dropping two points against Bristol City just over a week ago.

Having lost the leadership of the division, a win at Brighton followed by that fantastic win at Huddersfield has put United in full control.

With Brighton also crumbling at Nottingham Forest at the weekend, there's now a five-point cushion at the top.

to Benitez said: "Mentally, if you are doing well it's easier.

"Even then, you are talking about rotation, changing players, and it's important for them to manage the number of games and the amount of trips away. You have to look at all of those things.

"We try to change (the team) sometimes and if things are going well it can be more difficult to do it.

"The main thing is to make sure all of the players can feel like they are helping and that they are part of the success."

However, with so many games on the road this season it's clear that Newcastle seem like a tighter group than in the last three or four years. …

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