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Benitez praises ‘amazing’ Newcastle after vital Burnley win

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez was full of praise for his players tonight after his side beat Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moor.

The Magpies got off to a perfect start when Burnley defender Ben Men deflected a Federico Fernandez effort into his own goal and Benitez’s side went two up in the 23rd minute when centre-back Ciaran Clark headed home.

Wales international striker Sam Vokes scored with a long range header five minutes before the break to give the home side hope.

However, Newcastle held on to secure a crucial victory in a game that was in all honesty sadly lacking in quality throughout.

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“Every game for us is like a final. Winning is massive because it gives us more confidence. There is still a long race ahead but we are doing well and hopefully we can continue that.’’ Benitez told BBC Sport.

“We needed to win and to perform well. The players did it and were amazing in terms of effort, organisation and team spirit.

“We were working in the week trying to manage Burnley’s two big centre-forwards and the players did really well.

“The main thing for us is to make sure we can get something out of these games. We have confidence now and the players will continue pushing and working hard.”

Newcastle have now won three Premier League games on the spin to move out of the relegation zone and up to 13th in the table.

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