Benitez stoic after Chelsea defeat

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez tried not to raise the alarm after his side were beaten 3-1 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The Magpies took the lead in the 12th minute when Dwight Gayle took full advantage of an early mistake by the home defence, but Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata soon had the Blues back in control before halftime, and the Belgian then wrapped it up from the penalty spot after the break.

"Individual mistakes cost us", said Benitez. "When you play against a good team, with the players and quality they have, you will be punished. We were in the game and you never know what could happen.

"We played against a top side and gave everything, but these very good players make the difference."

United have not failed to win in their last six matches, five of which have been defeats, dropping them down to 14th in the standings.

"I'm not concerned about the poor run, I'm just concerned with improving the players,” Benitez added..

"We will try to do our best now to fix things and see in January. The main thing is that we improve the little things to improve the team ahead of this big run of games."