Jan 6, 2018 at 3pm UK at ​St James' Park
NewcastleNewcastle United
3-1
LutonLuton Town
Perez (30', 36'), Shelvey (39')
Dummett (59'), Shelvey (62'), Hayden (67')
FT(HT: 3-0)
Hylton (49')
Hylton (29')

Rafael Benitez urges better game management after Newcastle FA Cup victory

Benitez urges better game management
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Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez says that his side needed better game management, despite the Magpies securing a 3-1 win over Luton Town in the FA Cup.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has said that his side needed better game management, despite the Magpies securing a 3-1 win over Luton Town in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Ayoze Perez scored twice and Jonjo Shelvey netted a third as Newcastle went 3-0 up in nine first-half minutes, but the hosts were pegged back by Luton striker Danny Hylton in the second period.

Hylton thought he had netted his 18th goal of the season to close the gap further, but a late offside flag allowed Newcastle to see the game out safely.

"I said in the news conference we wanted to approach the game with a strong team to make sure we were going through," Benitez told reporters. "First half we finished really well. We were 3-0 up, maybe it's harder to keep concentration in the second half.

"They scored and maybe had belief they could then score more. We had chances to finish the game. The first half was quite good, a lot of possession, passing and good goals.

"In the second half we needed more experience to manage these games. Keep the ball and then a fourth goal would have finished it but we couldn't do it."

Next up for Newcastle is a home Premier League clash with Swansea City next weekend.

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Rafael Benitez watches on during the Premier League game between Newcastle United and Manchester City on December 27, 2017
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