Rafa Benitez: Newcastle fans have been amazing – I feel their passion and support

Newcastle fans at Oakwell
Newcastle fans at Oakwell

Rafa Benitez has hailed Newcastle United's fans after their roared his team to the top of the Championship.

Benitez's side beat Barnsley 2-0 last night to go top of the Championship.

Newcastle were backed by 5,501 fans at Oakwell, and Saturday's home game against Ipswich Town will be watched by a 50,000-plus crowd.

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And Benitez said: "The fans have been amazing from the beginning.

"Since I came here, I have felt the passion and the support," Benitez told BBC Radio Newcastle.

"When we play away, it is clear they can make a difference.

"Now we have to be sure we have this support – 52,000 – every home game, and it will be even better for everyone."

Newcastle are a point above Norwich City, who were held to a 2-2 draw by Fulham.