Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez pinpoints moment he was able to start taking in incredible ovation during Tottenham clash

The Magpies supporters confirmed that they are desperate for Benitez to stay at St James' Park.

Rafael Benitez has claimed that it was when Newcastle scored their third goal that he was able to relax and take in the incredible ovation that he received from the Magpies' fans during their 5-1 win over Tottenham, the Chronicle reports.

Despite going into their last game of this past season having already been relegated, the supporters that were inside St James' Park on Sunday made it clear that they wanted the Spaniard to stay and help them get back to the Premier League as they continually chanted his name.

And while Benitez admitted that he was taken aback by the support, he suggested that it was not until Georginio Wijnaldum put the side 3-1 ahead with just under 20 minutes to go that he was able to turn his attention to the reception.

"Obviously it's emotional, but at the same time you try to concentrate. When we had scored the third goal I could relax and enjoy the game and feel the atmosphere," he told the Chronicle.

"During the game you can hear the fans but you have to concentrate to do your best to the team."

Although the fans would have been forgiven for creating little atmosphere given their relegation, their efforts confirmed that they do not hold the former Real Madrid boss responsible for their plight. 

Though the draw with Aston Villa would have been hugely frustrating, Newcastle's recent run has seen them go six games unbeaten with three wins along the way. And the improved unity in the squad suggests that had he been appointed sooner, Benitez may have been able to save the side.

And while the club are now set to make a couple of steps backwards, the fans' ovation for their manager shows they are confident that with him at the helm, they will soon be going in the right direction. 

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