Newcastle players cancel Christmas due to poor results

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Newcastle players cancel Christmas due to poor results

18 December, 2017

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has insisted his side are giving everything they've got to turn around their fortunes after a narrow 1-0 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates on Saturday saw them drop into the relegation zone.

Arsenal sit seventh in the Premier League and are desperate to club up the table and into the Champions League spots.

"Still, though, we stayed in the game, and when you are working as hard as we were working, that means that this team's still fighting".

"We did well in defence against a team with pace and quality". We have to talk.

"They want to give a very clear message that they care and they want to do things right".

In the Premier League, The Saints have conceded 24 goals this season, while West Ham and Newcastle have allowed 32 and 27, respectively.

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"It's frustrating [not to get anything from the game]", he added.

But Elliot believes other clubs who are enjoying an upturn in results can show Newcastle the way as they look to get out of trouble over the festive period.

"Sometimes you need a little bit of luck, sometimes it's the final decision".

A wonderful first-half Mesut Ozil volley was all that separated the sides as Arsenal missed their chances to kill off the game, leaving Newcastle to keep knocking at the door late on in hope of nicking a point.

"We've had these situations in the last two or three games, losing to one goal, but at the same time you can see the reaction of the players and the effort they put on the pitch - that's the positive thing". It's a brilliant attitude and a great response but it's not what we need - we need points and we need to start finding a way to win. We have to move forward quickly. We have to learn quickly and be sure we take our chances.

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