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Benitez hoping Newcastle take confidence from Reading triumph

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez is hoping that the first win of the Championship season will give his players plenty of confidence.

The relegated Magpies, who had lost the first two games of the campaign, claimed their first points by defeating Reading 4-1 at St. James' Park on Wednesday night.

When asked if his players can perform better than they did, the Spaniard said: "Much better.

"How much is difficult to quantify, but I'm sure that we will improve. There will be some bad games, for sure, but we will improve.

"I didn't want to say the other day after losing two games there were 44 games to play, now 43, but it's the reality. The reality is you don't have too much time to prepare the team during the week, so you have to do things at the same time that you are trying to win games, and that's more difficult.

"But it's like this and hopefully these three points will give us a little bit of confidence for the next games."

Isaac Hayden's 20th-minute opener was cancelled out by Garath McCleary's penalty on the stroke of half-time before Matt Ritchie's spot-kick and a brace from Dwight Gayle led the Toon to their first triumph of the 2016/17 season.

Vyom Chaudhary
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