Apr 21, 2016

    Magpies fight on, Aguero nets 100th goal


    NEWCASTLE manager Rafael Benitez insists his side have the momentum going into the final four games in the fight for Premier League survival.

    Despite missing a chance to climb out of the bottom three following a 1-1 draw with Champions League semi-finalists Manchester City, he claims Newcastle have put themselves in with a good chance of staving off a second relegation in seven seasons, after taking four points from their last two matches.

    They remain second-bottom, two points from safety going into the final month of the campaign as they bid to finish above Norwich and Sunderland to avoid the two remaining relegation places to accompany Aston Villa in the Championship next season.

    Benitez insists his side will fight to the end after predicting the battle to avoid the drop will go right down to the wire. "Everyone is doing everything they can to try to stay up," he said.

    Sergio Aguero's 100th Premier League goal put City ahead early on but it was cancelled out as Vurnon Anita grabbed his first goal for more than two years before half-time.

    Argentinian international Aguero became the second fastest player after the watching Alan Shearer to reach a century of Premier League goals - in just 147 appearances. City manager Manuel Pellegrini said: "I'm happy for him because it's not easy to score that amount of goals in such a short space of time."

    City remain third, a point ahead of Arsenal and five better off than Manchester United.

    Pellegrini made only three changes but hinted at more sweeping alterations to his side for Saturday's visit by Stoke City. It comes just three days before the last four Champions League clash with his former side Real Madrid.

    Pellegrini added: "It's very important now that we make some rotations as we play this weekend and then against Real next Tuesday.

    "We didn't play as well as we did in the victory at Chelsea, and that's maybe because we couldn't recover after playing so well at Stamford Bridge."