Newcastle passed up the opportunity to maintain their five point lead at the top of the Championship table on Tuesday night as they laboured to a 0-0 draw at Reading, however, manager Rafael Benitez says that support from the Geordie fans can get them over the line.
Despite enjoying far less of the ball that his side are used to Benitez, who was last at the Madejeski in charge of the European champions when his Chelsea side drew 2-2 in 2013, watched the likes of Daryl Murphy and Jonjo Shelvey spurn clear cut chances.
With Brighton picking up a crucial three points at struggling Rotherham, the Magpies’ lead at the summit has been reduced to just three points, however, having picked up seven points from their last three games, all of which have been away from home, the former Liverpool manager says the support from the stands can push the Toon Army to promotion.
Speaking after the draw with Jaap Stam’s side in Berkshire, the Spaniard said:
“To play these three games away and get seven points is quite good, quite impressive for the players,
“I’m really pleased also because the away fans they go back always with a smile on their faces.”
Benitez and his players finally return to St James’ Park this weekend when they host play-off chasing Fulham, who picked up a late draw with Leeds in mid-week, and Benitez has called on the support to help with the final push.
“It is not easy when you go away,
“Now will be at home, another tough game but it is easy for me to send a good message to our fans.
“They have to be behind the team, the players are giving everything so if the fans continue pushing in the right way and in the right direction, we will have more chances to get points and then go where we want to be.”