Rafa Benitez makes plea to Newcastle fans

Rafa Benitez
Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez has demanded "a little bit more" from Newcastle United's fans at St James's Park.

Five of the league leaders' remaining eight Championship games are at home.

And United manager Benitez, speaking ahead of tomorrow's game against Wigan Athletic at St James's Park, has made an appeal to supporters ahead of a "mini-league".

“We have the best away fans in the country, so there area lot of positives," said Benitez. "We have to be sure that home fans now, they help a little bit more.

"But you cannot ask for more because they have been really, really good.

"We have a league of eight games, everybody can maybe help a little bit, and it would be great for the team."

Newcastle lead second-placed Brighton and Hove Albion by a point.

"I said we have eight games a mini league," said Benitez. "We have to approach them like one game at a time.

"The first is the important one. They know they are trying to avoid relegation, so we know it will be a tough game, a difficult one.

“The team is fine. The team is fine. Sometimes you can be lucky or unlucky. Physically, the team is fine, so we just have to make sure that everyone is good after the international break.

“We have eight games against eight teams and we have to be top of this min-league. We can’t think about other games, just the first one.

“We all have to stick together with the fans and make sure we try to win the mini league."