DeAndre Yedlin reveals what Rafa Benitez has told his Newcastle players

Newcastle United's DeAndre Yedlin and Ipswich Town's Freddie Sears battle for the ball.
Newcastle United's DeAndre Yedlin and Ipswich Town's Freddie Sears battle for the ball.
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DeAndre Yedlin says Rafa Benitez had a simple message for his players after Newcastle United’s defeat at Portman Road.

Benitez’s side were beaten 3-1 by Ipswich Town on Easter Monday.

It’s been frustrating being sidelined, because you always want to be playing, but now I’m back and I will do everything I can to help the team reach our goal.

DeAndre Yedlin

And the disappointing loss left the second-placed club needing a maximum of five points from their three remaining games to guarantee promotion to the Premier League.

United return to action on April 24, when Preston North End visit St James’s Park.

Fit-again Yedlin called for unity in the dressing room after the game.

Asked about Benitez’s message, Yedlin said: “He told us we need to get ready for the next game, because now is a time where we need to stick together and focus.”

Crucially, Newcastle’s fate remains in their own hands, and a win over Preston could secure them promotion.

“The positive thing is it’s in our own hands, but anything can happen,” said Yedlin.

“We need to be prepared. We need to come out ready from the get-go and get all three points.”

Yedlin, signed from Tottenham Hotspur last summer, suffered a thigh injury in late February.

And the 23-year-old is relieved to be back on the pitch after a “frustrating” few weeks on the sidelines.

“I’m feeling pretty good,” said Yedlin. “I can get sharper, but, fitness-wise, I feel pretty good.

“It’s been frustrating being sidelined, because you always want to be playing, but now I’m back and I will do everything I can to help the team reach our goal.”

If Huddersfield fail to beat Fulham on Saturday, a win over Preston would see Newcastle secure a return to the Premier League.

On the visit of Simon Grayson’s 10th-placed side to St James’s Park, Yedlin said: “Every game in the Championship is a tough game, so we’re prepared for that.

“Hopefully, we can get the result we need out of this one.”

Yedlin doesn’t believe there are any nerves in the United dressing room.

“I don’t think we have fear, but I’m not exactly sure where this blip has come from,” said the USA international.

“We need to figure it out quickly, and we will do that on the training field with the manager.”

Newcastle were well beaten by Ipswich, who took advantage of a series of defensive errors from Benitez’s side at Portman Road.

“It’s very disappointing,” said Yedlin. “I just didn’t think we came out strong enough.

“It wasn’t a good enough performance from each and every player. We all take responsibility.

“There’s nothing we can do about it now other than look forward and prepare for the next game.

“It’s been a bit of a backwards step, everyone has their ups and downs.

“Unfortunately, right now we’re going through a bit of a down period, but we need to get back up quickly and we’ll do everything we can to do that.”