Toon leave Rafa baffled

Rafael Benitez says there can be no repeat of their first-half performance against Norwich if Newcaste are to beat the drop.

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The Magpies remain rooted in the relegation zone after slipping to a last-minute defeat against the Canaries, despite coming from behind on two occasions.

Newcastle now play Southampton, Swansea, Manchester City, Liverpool, Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Tottenham in their final seven games and have it all to do.

Boss Rafael Benitez maintains survival is possible, if Newcastle can show the same level of performance as they did in the second half at Carrow Road.

He struggled to explain the insipid first-half display, when the Canaries were given far too much room and could have been leading by more than one goal.

“For 10, 15 minutes we were fine,” Benitez said. “After we made one or two mistakes, then we gave them the belief they could win.

“We had a bit of anxiety, some nerves, made three, four mistakes.

“When you are at the bottom of the table you have to manage the situations and you have to manage your character, your nerves.

“We didn’t do well in the first half and (did) much better in the second half.”

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