Cape Town - Rafael Benitez says one more win will be enough for Premier
League survival for Newcastle United and has told his players to enjoy their
The Magpies edged a step closer to safety after Matt Ritchie
claimed a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser in Saturday's 2-2 draw against his
old club Bournemouth.
Ritchie's stunning half-volley moved the north east club
onto 35 points, seven-points clear of the relegation zone with seven top-flight
"We have to keep going, the job is not done. We have to
keep winning games," said manager Benitez.
"I think it could be 38 points (to stay up), it
depends. Obviously, 40 is guaranteed for me. I think 38 will be enough, so we
have to keep winning if we can."
Newcastle's comfortable position in 13th place is remarkable
given they registered just three points from their opening 10 games of the
A run of five successive home wins prior to the trip to the
south coast helped propel Benitez's side away from trouble.
The Spaniard will reward his squad with time off during the
international break ahead of the game at Arsenal on April 1. '"I think
they are working so hard, you can see every game - until the last minute,
“Sometimes I think that it's done, and they give up and we
didn't do it and it was a great reaction. They have to relax a little bit,
enjoy with their families and come back with their batteries charged.”