Newcastle United returned to winning ways in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
Former Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend’s goal just before the hour mark proved to be the difference between the two sides at St. James’ Park.
Newcastle are 17th in the Premier League table at the moment with 33 points from 36 matches.
The Magpies side are a point clear of the relegation zone, although both Norwich City and Sunderland have a game in hand.
There is still a very good chance that Newcastle will get relegated, but recent results and performances have given the fans hope.
Benitez has built a team spirit and the desire to play for the good of the team since his appointment as the club’s manager. The players know what is at stake, and they seem to have raised their game.
Under Steve McClaren, there was an air of dejection at St. James’ Park, but the fans are now optimistic that they will see their team in the Premier League next season.
The three photos here from the match against Palace sum up the influence Benitez has had at Newcastle and the change he has brought.