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Rafael Benitez: 'Every game is a final'

Rafael Benitez has told Newcastle to approach each of their remaining nine games as cup finals as they try to avoid the drop.

The 16th-placed Magpies face Southampton, who are just one place and a single point worse off, at St James' Park on Saturday knowing victory could prove invaluable to their cause.

However, Benitez is refusing to pile any more pressure than necessary upon his players as they head into a fixture which could have a significant say in their fate.

He said: 'Every game is important. This is the most important because it is the next one, but we have to keep going to the end.

'We will be trying to win, but we will be doing that until the last one. Every game is a final for us now.

'Every game against a team that is close to us, I am sure people will say it is a six-point game, but we just have to do our best to get the points and then see where we are in the table. There are still a lot of games to play.'

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