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Rafael Benitez: 'Newcastle United deserved a draw'

Benitez: 'Newcastle deserved a draw'
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Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez insists that his side deserved "at least a draw" from their Premier League opener against Tottenham Hotspur.

Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez has insisted that his side deserved "at least a draw" from their Premier League opener against Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs took all three points in the North-East after Dele Alli's headed winner 18 minutes into the game capped off a lively start in which defender Jan Vertonghen had put the visitors ahead before Joselu's equaliser.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Benitez said that his side had chances in the second half to find another equaliser and praised his players for their commitment in the tie.

"We deserved at least a draw, we were fighting until the end and had chances in the second-half. You could feel fans had the belief we could do something," the Spaniard said.

"There were a lot of positives to see the team fighting. We made some mistakes and you have to give credit to the other team. We reacted well and never gave up."

Newcastle face Cardiff City in their next top-flight game.


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Rafael Benitez in charge of Newcastle United on May 13, 2018
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool22183150104057
2Manchester CityMan City22172359174253
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs22160646222448
4Chelsea22145340172347
5Arsenal22125546321441
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd22125544321241
7Watford229583232032
8Leicester CityLeicester229492625131
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham229493032-231
10Everton228683331230
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves228592328-529
12Bournemouth2283113142-1127
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2275102430-626
14Crystal Palace2264122028-822
15Burnley2263132343-2021
16Southampton2247112339-1619
17Cardiff CityCardiff2254131941-2219
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2246121631-1518
19Fulham2235142049-2914
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2225151337-2411

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