Newcastle must be more clinical, says Rafael Benitez after Swansea draw


'We can not sell players that are playing because we would have to replace them for better players and, in January, we would need a lot of money to convince players to come here, that is nearly impossible in January, ' said Benitez.

"But it is a nice environment, it is one I like and I have enjoyed a lot".

"I am absolutely sure that would have been a red card and a penalty, absolutely sure".

Swansea, like Carvalhal, have a good record on Tyneside, winning three and drawing one of their five Premier League visits there.

Swansea have beaten Watford and lost to Tottenham in his two league games in charge, while drawing in the FA Cup away to Championship leaders Wolves.

This proposed takeover is starting to look dead in the water with each passing day and if Ashley and his mind game merchants persist in their Del Boy style tactics and trickery, I can see Amanda Staveley and whoever she represents sticking two fingers up at the whole shoddy business and moving on, if that stage hasn't been reached already...

Newcastle have been linked with moves for plenty of strikers already, but with the club facing such an uncertain future with regards to their ownership, it will be hard for Rafa to attract top level players to St James' Park this month.

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"It might not be possible for the team to play as I want after just a month, what is important is that we fight to win games".

The Spaniard buried his side's equaliser eight minutes after the opener and led the line well during his cameo showing and, in quotes published by the Chronicle, Benitez opted to praise his striker's display. It would be worse if we were not creating chances.

Newcastle United stretched their winless home run in the Premier League to seven games and continued to slide towards the relegation zone after missing an array of chances in a 1-1 home draw with bottom team Swansea City on Saturday.

"This is not a decisive game, but we must progress and be competitive".

"Swansea also need new players but I don't know who they will be able to sign that could make a difference and, from the sounds of it, neither does their new manager Carlos Carvalhal".

"To achieve that we must play better and better and jump to another level".