Andros Townsend shares what Newcastle are focusing on in training under Benitez

Andros Townsend

Newcastle gearing up to face Norwich City this weekend.

Newcastle United winger Andros Townsend has told the club's official website that the Magpies are currently working on improving their team shape in training.

The Magpies moved to sack Steve McClaren earlier this month, appointing former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez as their new manager in a bid to beat the drop to the Championship.

So far, the Spaniard has lost one and drawn one of his two games, and went into the international break with a 1-1 draw against North East rivals Sunderland.

That did little to help Newcastle's battle against relegation, and they sit three points adrift of safety ahead of this weekend's huge game against Norwich City.

Norwich are the team currently occupying 17th place in the Premier League table, meaning they're the team Newcastle are chasing down right now - and a win at Carrow Road would put Newcastle in with a shout of survival, but defeat would be a hammer blow to their chances.

Ahead of the game, winger Andros Townsend - signed from Tottenham Hotspur during the January transfer window - has been speaking about Newcastle's preparation under Benitez.

The wide man, 24, revealed to the club's official website that Newcastle and Benitez have been focusing on improving the team's shape, with Benitez looking to make the Magpies far more solid and harder to beat - vital attributes in a battle against relegation.

"We're experienced enough not to let the pressure get to us," said Townsend. "We go on about our business, we train the same way, and hopefully we'll go into Saturday full of confidence. We're working hard. Whenever the manager has us in, we're working hard."

"We're doing a lot of shape work at the minute to try to be more compact than we have been in the past. It's all good and we're looking forward to it," he added.

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