Why Rafa Benitez is refusing to look at the Championship table

Dwight Gayle and Jonjo Shelvey
Dwight Gayle and Jonjo Shelvey

Rafa Benitez says he's NOT looking at the Championship table.

Newcastle United moved up to second place after yesterday's 3-1 win over Brentford at St James's Park.

Third-placed Huddersfield Town, however, will climb back above Rafa Benitez's side if they win or draw against Huddersfield Town this afternoon.

United manager Benitez is not concerned with the league standings.

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Instead, Benitez is solely focused on Tuesday night's game against Barnsley at Oakwell.

Asked if he was pleased to see the club move up to second place, Benitez said: "I am not watching the table.

"I'm just concentrating on our game, and then we will see the table. But it is too soon. My feeling is just to think about one game at a time and then after three months, maybe we will see where we are.

"But still we have to keep thinking about the other months, so then we will see."

Dwight Gayle scored twice, and Ciaran Clark also found the net, in Newcastle's win over Brentford.

Benitez said: "I'm pleased, because after the international break it's not easy to keep the team playing well, concentrating and working hard.

"We did everything that we wanted to do, but still you can improve things.

"But I am really pleased because we scored three times, we controlled the game, passed it well and created chances.

"Even better because we did it against a good team who pass it well, have good movements and you could see they knew what to do.

"So to create chances and then win the game was even better."