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

Matt Ritchie
Matt Ritchie

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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