Magpies’ shock City win can boost survival push – Benitez

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Rafael Benitez has challenged Newcastle to use their win over Manchester City as a springboard for their Premier League survival bid.

Rafael Benitez has challenged Newcastle to use their win over Manchester City as a springboard for their Premier League survival bid.

Matt Ritchie’s coolly-taken 80th-minute penalty secured a first league win over City in 23 attempts at St James’ Park on Tuesday evening, easing the Magpies five points clear of the drop zone in the process. It came a little short of 12 months since a 1-0 home victory over Manchester United provided the catalyst for their escape last season. Benitez, who watched his side come back from going a goal down to Sergio Aguero’s strike after just 25 seconds, is keeping his fingers crossed that they can repeat the feat. He said: ‘I hope so. It’s a good example that we can use in the future. ‘For the players, they will feel that doing things this way, we can win against anyone because we have been close against the top sides, we have not conceded many goals and everyone has been talking about the goal difference. ‘But in this case, it’s not just the goal difference, it’s three points and a lot of confidence for the future.’

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