Deandre Yedlin believes the message constant “preached” by Rafa Benitez to stay focused during each and every game is starting to resonate with the Newcastle players.
United were relentless in their approach as they swatted a lacklustre Southampton aside at St James’ Park on Saturday to record a 3-0 victory and moved up to 13th in the Premier League table – and five points clear of the bottom three.
A brace from Kenedy put Newcastle into a 2-0 lead at half-time and in a similar situation to the draw with Bournemouth a few weeks earlier during which the Magpies conceded twice in the final 10 minutes.
But there was no danger of that happened against the Saints as Newcastle refused to lose their focus and Yedlin feels the thoroughness of Benitez’s approach to matches is now being taken on board by the players.
“That’s one of the things that Rafa kind of preached, that we needed to focus for the whole game and not just 80 minutes or even 85 minutes,’’ the right-back explained to the Northern Echo. “It needs to be for 90 or 93 minutes, or whatever it might be. It needs to be for the whole game.
“That’s what we did. We stayed on top of them, stayed high. At 3-0 up we were staying high. It shows that we’re progressing and it’s come at a good time.”
Newcastle travel to Spain for a four-day training camp on Thursday before playing Belgian side Royal Antwerp in a friendly on Sunday.