Reported Leicester target Benitez 'really focused' on Newcastle

A wonderful counter-attack nearly saw Almiron claim a goal early on, his dinked finish over Jonas Lossl striking the left-hand post, which Rondon then rattled on the follow up.

However, manager Benitez said: "It's important for us to realise that today, we had to win; for him, the first game, he had to do well, but the main thing was the understanding with the team-mates around him, his effort, his commitment".

But uncertainty over Benitez's future on Tyneside - and the possibility of him being without a club in the summer - has seen him included on the shortlist at the King Power Stadium. Obviously the defenders from the other teams will know him a little bit better now and it will be more hard for him.

I think it's quite long now", Benitez joked at a pre-match news conference, adding: "I think you know my answer.

It's now important to settle down in the Premier League and understand the mentality of the PL.

Newcastle United go in search of successive Premier League wins on Tuesday evening when they host Burnley at St James' Park, with boss Rafael Benitez having the luxury of a few selection headaches. Newcastle will persevere with three centre-backs and use the pace and elusiveness of Ayoze Perez and Miguel Almiron to supplement the Trojan Salomon Rondon while Burnley's back four looks ever more secure with Tom Heaton behind them and Dwight McNeil's verve on the left. "Always I say the next game is the most important - it's like a final for us".

It proved a bruising afternoon for Huddersfield, who have now lost 13 of the last 14 league games and have not won since November 25. I know we have to do a job, I know that we have to stay up and if we want to do that, I think we have to just stay focused on that. He swiftly plays it inside, where Perez and Hayden get in one anther's way, but the ball runs to Rondon and he fires home.

  • Stacy Allen