Rafael Benitez highlights a positive from Newcastle’s defeat

Newcastle United suffered a 3-2 defeat to Norwich City in the Premier League on Saturday.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has been quoted as saying by BBC Sport that he was pleased with his team’s second-half performance against Norwich City on Saturday.

The Magpies suffered a narrow 3-2 defeat to fellow relegation candidates Norwich away from home at Carrow Road in the Premier League.

The game looked set for a draw, but Martin Olsson scored in the third minute of injury time to secure all three points for the home team.

The defeat will have come as a disappointment to Newcastle boss Benitez, but he has picked one positive from the encounter.

"The reaction of the team in the second half is a positive we can take,” BBC Sport quoted Benitez as saying. “But it is not enough if we want to stay up. Every week you will see something a little bit better but we have to start winning.”

The defeat to Norwich means that Newcastle remain second from bottom in the Premier League table.

The Magpies are two points behind 18th-placed Sunderland and six behind Norwich, who are currently 17th in the standings and have played a game more.

Newcastle appear to be heading to the Championship, but they still do have a chance of escaping the drop.

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