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Next two games crucial, says Rafa


Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez

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Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez admits Newcastle face a pre-Christmas double-header which could make or break their season.

Three games without a win have plunged the Magpies back near the relegation zone for today's trip to Huddersfield.

And with bottom club Fulham soon to visit St James' Park, Benitez said: "The next two games are massive for us - it is like a final in every single game.

"We must approach every game thinking one point can make a massive difference at the end of the season."

Newcastle were riding high last month after three straight wins but their run was abruptly ended at home to West Ham - and defeat to Wolves last week left them three points above the relegation zone.