Report discloses reason why Benitez allowed Newcastle's players to have furious argument

Newcastle's players were reportedly allowed to argue at half time against Southampton.

According to the Daily Mail, Rafael Benitez allowed his Newcastle players to argue amongst themselves at half-time against Southampton, as he wanted his players to show some passion.

The Magpies suffered a dismal loss at the hands of Southampton on Saturday afternoon, with the Saints racing into a 2-0 lead by half time, before Victor Wanyama made it 3-0 in the second half, with Andros Townsend pulling back a consolation for Newcastle.

The result means Newcastle remain six points adrift of safety, and with just six games to play, Newcastle are running out of time to save themselves.

New manager Benitez needs his first win sooner rather than later, and now details are emerging about the half-time dressing room inquest against Southampton.

The Daily Mail report that Newcastle's players became embroiled in a furious argument, which led to defender Jamaal Lascelles telling some home truths to his team-mates and defender Daryl Janmaat punching a wall in frustration.

It's claimed that manager Benitez stood back and led the argument happen, because he finally wanted to see some passion from his players, who have largely been accused of not caring enough.

Benitez saw his side improve after half time, but he will be hoping that some of that passion carries over into this weekend's home game against Swansea City, where Newcastle really have to win.

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