Newcastle United news: Benitez faces media ahead of EFL Cup, Perez reflects on win

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Rafa Benitez will face the media today ahead of tomorrow night's EFL Cup tie against Preston North End.

The two clubs meet at St James's Park for a fourth-round tie ahead of Saturday's Championship fixture at Deepdale.

And Benitez will hold a Press conference at 1pm this afternoon.

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Newcastle beat Ipswich Town 3-0 on Saturday to go three points clear at the top of the Championship. Ayoze Perez netted twice, and Matt Ritchie also scored a late goal.

And Perez has reacted to the win and his two goals.

Dwight Gayle, the club's 11-goal leading scorer, didn't find the net, but United manager Benitez still felt he was still a big threat.

Benitez has also revealed why he has given Jonjo Shelvey a licence to roam this season.

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