Benitez advises caution ahead of clash with Brentford at St James' Park

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

The Newcastle United manager hopes they can keep on top of the Bees when they visit this weekend.

Newcastle United Manager Rafael BenitezNewcastle United Manager Rafael Benitez

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has warned the fans and his squad not to underestimate Brentford when they visit St James' Park this weekend, in comments appearing on the club website.

The Bees will take on Benitez's men having only lost three of their 11 league games so far this season and currently sit just one place shy of play-off contention.

Speaking to the media ahead of the Championship clash, Benitez said: "Brentford are a good team - they're doing well, they're scoring goals and they're not conceding too many.

Brentford’s Harlee Dean celebrates scoring their second goalBrentford’s Harlee Dean celebrates scoring their second goal

"Hopefully we can play at the level we can play and we can do well, win and enjoy two days more because after we have another game (against Barnsley)."

Dean Smith's men have scored 18 goals this season, with Scott Hogan leading the way with seven, including a 4-1 victory over Reading and a 2-0 win at Brighton.

Newcastle United fans celebrateNewcastle United fans celebrate

Benitez added: "I think that they play well on the counter attack, but also they score goals. They defend well, they counter attack, they play well, they pass the ball - they're a good team.

"Hopefully we can attack and be on top of them all the time and then create chances in this way. But I don't seem them playing so deep that they will not cope or will not create chances."

While the Bees are undefeated at home, they have only won one game on the road and will have an estimated 51,000 Toon fans to contend with when they visit St James' Park, where Newcastle have lost two matches so far this season.

Brentford manager Dean Smith before the matchBrentford manager Dean Smith before the match

The Magpies currently sit in third in the table, having won eight of their 11 matches after a steady start to the season.

Ahead of the international break, they were gathering momentum with a crucial 4-3 win over second-placed Norwich and a 1-0 away win at Rotherham and the team will be looking to continue where they left off against Dean Smith's men this weekend.

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