Newcastle United news: Benitez reacts to defeat and explains key decision

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Rafa Bentiez has vowed to get ruthless in the wake of a second successive Championship defeat.

Benitez's side were beaten 2-1 by Huddersfield Town at St James's Park story.

And United's manager is mulling over his options for Wednesday night's home game against Reading.

Benitez left winger Matt Ritchie out of his starting XI against Huddersfield, and he has explained the decision.

Meanwhile, Newcastle are hopeful of a transfer breakthrough this week, and Benitez has responded to questions about the need for more signings at the club.

Two outcasts are involved in this afternoon's Premier League 2 away game against Norwich City. Find out who they are here.

Finally, Isaac Hayden was one of the few players prepared to speak to journalists after the Huddersfield game.

And the midfielder, signed from Arsenal this summer, has given his thoughts on the loss.