Newcastle United striker Joselu says he believes his side can get back to winning ways tonight as the Magpies meet West Ham United at the London Stadium. Against Arsenal, we were pushing and making chances at the end.
Though they lost to Arsenal in the League Cup on Tuesday night after previously holding them to a stalemate, they have been impressive lately, having avoided defeat in the last three games including a victory over Chelsea. The backline has been relatively steady against non-elite sides in the Premier League.
Eyebrows were raised when the Hammers opted to replace Slaven Bilic with David Moyes last month, but recent results have suggested the Scot may be the right man for the job after all. West Ham have reportedly put a £15 million price for a potential January transfer, and fellow relegation scrappers West Bromwich Albion may be interested in the Senegal global.
"In terms of names in the press, some of them are impossible for us, so the reality is that we have to understand that we have to keep focused on football", Benitez added.
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They are 0-2-5 on the road since a 1-0 victory at last-place Swansea City on September 10, and they have shipped 14 goals in those seven matches with only six in reply.
"It is very, very important". We know it is hard because the situation is not good but the team, the club and the staff are all together and we will fight for the three points.
Newcastle, conversely, are on a rotten run at present, with eight defeats in their last nine matches seeing them slip into the relegation zone. The duo started next to each other in Newcastle's 3-0 win earlier this season. Joselu opened his scoring account with the Magpies on 36 minutes before second-half goals by Ciaran Clark and Aleksandar Mitrovic secured the three points.