sport news No urgency, no fight... Rafa Benitez's Newcastle have settled for safety

No urgency, no fight... Rafa Benitez's Newcastle have settled for safety as they hover seven points above the relegation zone after defeat by Arsenal Newcastle rarely threatened Arsenal at the Emirates as they lost 2-0 on Monday They didn't play badly but there wasn't a sense of need after going a goal down The result now leaves the Magpies seven points above the relegation zone

By Craig Hope for the Daily Mail

Published: 22:28 BST, 1 April 2019 | Updated: 22:32 BST, 1 April 2019

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As much as Chelsea’s winning comeback at Cardiff on Sunday was celebrated on Tyneside, those goals could yet signal the end of Newcastle’s season.

From a nervy four points clear of danger as Cardiff led to the comfort of seven after Chelsea scored twice in the final six minutes.

That, you feel, makes the Magpies as good as safe, even if they only manage to scramble another couple of points in their final six matches.

There was no fight or urgency from Rafa Benitez's Newcastle side as they lost 2-0 to Arsenal

There was no fight or urgency from Rafa Benitez's Newcastle side as they lost 2-0 to Arsenal

And history tells us that could well be the way this campaign plays out. It was at the same stage last year that Rafa Benitez’s side marked the renewal of their top-flight status by losing four on the spin.

It is not that they downed tools, more that they no longer had the desperation and desire to chisel, hammer and file for every point.

They did not play

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