Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez insists momentum has bigger impact on results than previous away form

The Magpies travel to Aston Villa on Saturday hoping to strengthen their chances of Premier League survival.

Rafael Benitez has insisted that having momentum will have a bigger impact on Newcastle's chances of getting a positive result against Aston Villa than their poor away record will have, the Chronicle reports.

The Magpies have not won on the road since beating Tottenham in December, and had lost 10 away games in a row before their spirited fightback that earned them a draw against Liverpool last month. 

But with a trip to Villa Park ahead that could have major implications for the relegation battle, Benitez has insisted that the positivity that has been generated by the four-match unbeaten run that Newcastle are currently enjoying will have a bigger say on the result than their struggles away from St James' Park.

"I'm not worried - every game is different," he told the Chronicle when asked about their recent away run.

"We are talking about momentum, and we know we are doing well.

"Four games in a row, we have confidence and we are mentally ready for this game."

Though Newcastle have played a game more than both of their rivals to escape the drop, their promising performances against the likes of Swansea and Manchester City have allowed them to move ahead of Sunderland and Norwich.

And while games in hand may be an advantage near the top of the table when teams are expected to win every week, having a points on the board at the bottom of the table is arguably the better option. 

And with so much currently going in their favour - though the momentum can swing in minutes if results go against them - they will be hugely confident of bagging their first win on the road since the turn of the year and taking another step towards safety.

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