Anita explains how Newcastle have improved under Rafa Benitez

Newcastle United have gone three games unbeaten.

Newcastle United midfielder Vurnon Anita has suggested that his side have improved considerably under new boss Rafa Benitez as the club seek to stay up, the Mirror report.

Benitez took charge of Newcastle midway through last month, succeeding the dismissed Steve McClaren.

The Magpies’ fortunes didn’t change much in the first four weeks of Benitez’s tenure, and following a 3-2 defeat at Norwich City they looked all-but down with only a handful of games remaining.

However, five points taken from the last three matches has seen Newcastle move to within a point of safety, and confidence is high after the club recently fought from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Liverpool.

Speaking to reporters, Anita is adamant the team are on the right track under Benitez and highlights how they have improved in almost every aspect of their game in recent weeks.

“I think Benitez has got us really organised again. We are playing very direct. We have been aggressive, winning balls and playing forward, creating chances and scoring goals,” he told the Mirror.

“I think he has pulled the team together. If you see the past two games a great spirit we have had. It was one team and everyone was fighting.”

Newcastle have three games left in order to preserve their Premier League status - Crystal Palace (H), Aston Villa (A) and Tottenham Hotpsur on the final day at St. James’ Park.

The Magpies arguably need at least two wins to stand a chance, and they could be boosted by Spurs having very little to play for on the final day as Leicester City could be crowned champions this weekend.

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