Rafa Benitez urges Newcastle fans to remain patient, as Burton likely to make life difficult in their 'cup final'

Rafa Benitez
Rafa Benitez

Burton Albion are likely to come to stifle Newcastle, according to Rafa Benitez.

As a result the Spaniard wants the United faithful to remain patient with his side.

Anxiety has been the word on everyone's lips lately when talking about the atmosphere at St James's Park.

But Benitez believes while everyone wants the best for United, there is no need for any tension.

He expects lowly Burton, buoyed by their last-gasp win over Huddersfield at the weekend, will come to Tyneside with confidence.

But he thinks it could turn out to be another 11 men behind the ball job, with the Magpies having to work hard to secure another crucial three points which would take them one step closer to promotion.

Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez

"We have had teams come here and it is their game of the season," said Benitez.

"It is a big fixture for everyone. We are used to this.

"It is important for us to show character and play better.

Benitez, who is again set to be without defenders Ciaran Clark and DeAndre Yedlin tomorrow night, continued: "The approach is sometimes more defensive, with counter attacks. There is less space.

"When you are a top side in this division the fans expect that you have to attack and create chances and score goals.

"Sometimes you are exposed to counter-attacks. It is difficult if they score an early goal."

Benitez was quizzed about the plight of the North East's two other teams, with Middlesbrough and bitterest rivals Sunderland potentially facing up to life in the Championship next season.

But the manager is not interested in goings on elsewhere, he's only concerned with seeing the job out at Newcastle this campaign.

"We have to concentrate on ourselves," he said.

"We are so focused. We do not have any distractions.

"If this continues we will be stronger."

Want Newcastle United news straight to your Facebook feed? Give our dedicated NUFC page a like. Find us by clicking this link.