Rafael Benitez makes request of Newcastle United supporters

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Newcastle United are currently six points adrift of safety in the Premier League table.

Manager Rafael Benitez has urged Newcastle United’s supporters to back the players for the remainder of the season on Sky Sports’ website.

Newcastle are in serious danger of going down this season, and frustrations are rising around St. James’ Park.

The Tynesiders’ squad has performed well below expectations this term, and they look likely to drop into the second tier now.

Newcastle are currently six points adrift of safety, and they are winless in their last seven matches.

Benitez insists that now is not the time for supporters to get on the backs of their players, though, and he has called for unity for the remainder of the season.

"The fans will be crucial for us, because we need them pushing the players, supporting the players," he added.

"And at the end of the season we'll have time to analyse what was going on. But now it's the time to stick together and try to do our best because that's the only way.”

Newcastle’s supporters will need to get behind their side at the weekend, as they face a hugely important match against Swansea City at St. James’ Park.

The Swans have been in good form recently, but the contest appears one of Newcastle’s more winnable remaining fixtures.

If Newcastle do fail to beat the Welsh side, they could fall nine points behind safety, and that could end any hope they had of staying up.

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