Newcastle defender insists Benitez's positive effect can keep club up

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Daryl Janmaat says the club have to believe in top-class Benitez's ability to keep them in the Premier League.

Newcastle United defender Daryl Janmaat has insisted that the positive effects already felt under the new rule of "top-class manager" Rafael Benitez can prevent the club from being relegated, as quoted by Sky Sports.

Since Benitez took over from Steve McClaren earlier this month, the Magpies have gained just a single point from two matches under the Spaniard as they battle to escape the Premier League bottom three.

A narrow 1-0 defeat at league leaders Leicester City was followed by the Tyne-Wear derby against arch-rivals and fellow relegation battlers Sunderland at St. James' Park, where a late Aleksandar Mitrovic header salvaged a point for the home side.

Despite the rather inauspicious start to life under the former Liverpool and Real Madrid manager, Magpies players have been quick to highlight the positive impact the 55-year-old has had both on and off the pitch.

Janmaat, whom Netherlands manager Danny Blind suggested would look for a move away if Newcastle were relegated, believes that Benitez's quality should be enough to secure the club's Premier League status.

The Dutch full-back said, according to Sky Sports: "We have a top-class manager now. We have to believe he can get us to stay in the Premier League. He has had a positive effect.

"It has been organised, the way we played at Leicester and against Sunderland. We have to keep doing that and looking up.

"We feel we can stay in the Premier League, but know we need more wins. We hope and we have the confidence. We must still believe and go out looking to get the job done. I think we can do it."

Newcastle can take a huge step towards potential survival when they return from the international break to travel to Carrow Road to face 17th-place Norwich City at the weekend.

The Magpies are currently second-bottom of the Premier League table, a point behind Sunderland and three points behind the Canaries with eight matches of the season remaining.

A first win under Benitez against the latter on Saturday would see the North East club draw level on points with Norwich and possibly move ahead of their opponents on goal difference, whilst retaining their game in hand over the East Anglia side.

In contrast, defeat in Norfolk would leave Newcastle six points adrift of safety with just seven games to play.

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