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Rafa Benitez's Newcastle United need a quality centre

Rafa Benitez's Newcastle United need a quality centre

He can't dwell on shortcomings though and will have to remain hungry and determined, if he wants to remain first choice for Newcastle, in the upcoming matches after the worldwide break.

Howe felt that Christian Atsu - who didn't play a league game for Bournemouth during a half-season loan at the Vitality Stadium - was one of Newcastle's most unsafe players.

Steve Cook's 92nd-minute victor condemned Newcastle to their second 1-0 defeat in the space of six days, coming after Dwight Gayle had seen a goal incorrectly ruled out for offside.

"Newcastle, playing at St James Park against Bournemouth, you'd probably expect them to win". I was happy before the game with how we have been doing but disappointed now.

The former Liverpool boss is content with his side's start to the new campaign but is all-too-aware that the Geordies need to reach higher climbs if they are to stave off the threat of relegation, with games against United, Chelsea and Arsenal all soon to come.

"They are tough defensively, they are a resolute side. We have to understand that in these sort of games we have to do better", he told reporters.

"I always try to broaden my understanding of people and knowledge of football". Speaking to The Northern Echo Benitez said: "Competition is good, and we said to him [Gayle] that if he trains well, he will get chances".

"We knew that Newcastle had only lost one game (at home) in the Premier League under Rafa Benitez, so it just shows what a big result this is".


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