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Published: 18:50 | 7/5/16

Benitez: We now have to wait

Rafael Benitez cut a frustrated figure as he spoke to the media after Newcastle slipped back into the relegation zone with one match remaining.

The Magpies travelled to Villa Park bidding to stay ahead of Sunderland in the battle for survival but a goalless draw, combined with the Black Cats 3-2 win at Chelsea, saw Benitez's men drop to 18th.

The result means a win for Sunderland at home to Everton on Wednesday would confirm Newcastle's relegation to the Championship.

While refusing to ruled Newcastle out of the survival race, Benitez admits their fate is no longer in their own hands,

"We are disappointed. We now have to wait, see what they do during the week and then try to win our game," Benitez said.

"We were a little bit anxious in the first half. We were not comfortable in possession. In the second half, we had some good chances but you need to take them and we didn’t do that.

"We had to change things in the second half. We did that, but it was not enough. The players are disappointed.

"It was an opportunity to stay ahead of Sunderland and we couldn't do it.

"But you cannot change things, just analyse what you've done and be sure that you are right if it goes to the last game."

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