Newcastle United news: Benitez faces media ahead of Palace, Townsend on his reserve-team exile

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Rafa Benitez faces the media today ahead of Newcastle United's must-win game against Crystal Palace.

Benitez believes his second-bottom side need to win their final three games to have a chance of staying in the Premier League.

Alan Pardew brings his FA Cup finalists to St James's Park tomorrow.

Benitez holds his pre-match Press conference this afternoon, and for news from his media call go to our live blog here.

Former United manager Pardew yesterday took questions on his return to Tyneside.

But there was one question Pardew did NOT want to answer.

Pardew did reveal, however, that he had enlisted a high-profile coach to talk to his players about the dangers of complacency in the wake of the club's FA Cup semi-final win over Watford last weekend.

Meanwhile, Andros Townsend, signed from Tottenham Hotspur in January, has been talking about the club's relegation fight.

And the winger is "loving" being back on the pitch, having spent the last few months of his White Hart Lane career playing reserve-team football at non-league grounds.

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