Newcastle United news: Benitez faces media ahead of Reading

Matt Ritchie and Daryl Murphy
Matt Ritchie and Daryl Murphy

Rafa Benitez will face the media today ahead of Newcastle United's visit to the Madejski Stadium.

Benitez's side lead the Championship by five points ahead of tomorrow night's game against fifth-placed Reading.

Newcastle beat Huddersfield Town 3-1 on Saturday night to stretch their lead at the top of the division.

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And Benitez has explained his tactical masterclass at the John Smith's Stadium.

United's manager has also reacted to the goalscoring return Dwight Gayle made against third-placed Huddersfield.

Daryl Murphy also netted in the game and the striker has spoken about his recall to the starting XI.

Finally, Huddersfield manager David Wagner has given his verdict on Newcastle and Benitez.

For updates from Rafa Benitez this afternoon, follow NUFC writer Miles Starforth on Twitter here