Rafa Benitez reacts to criticism of his Newcastle players

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Newcastle United need to find a way to end their winless run in the Premier League and collect some much-needed points from their upcoming games, goalkeeper Rob Elliot said after Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Arsenal.

The Toon have claimed just one point in their last nine games.

However, United's players were applauded off the field after the Arsenal game by the club's 2,900 travelling fans.

"You can't complain about the work-rate of our players".

"They're giving everything, but we are where we are and we have what we have". On the pitch you can win or not, but they realise that they have to be focused on doing things right. "They also know we need something in January that will help the current squad".

With takeover talks at the club continuing, Benitez was asked how he will guide Newcastle out of their recent rut, to which he told Sky Sports: "We will keep working harder and improve little things that have to change". I think there are more important things to worry about.

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Arsenal had not won in December until Ozil's spectacular volley proved enough to earn them three points on Saturday.

"Sometimes, those shots go into the stands, but when you have these kinds of players, they can score that kind of goal", said Benitez.

Ghana worldwide Christian Atsu will not celebrate the festive season because Newcastle's players have cancelled their own Christmas party as they attempt to drag the club out of an alarming Premier League slump.

"Two or three wins can turn the table 'round really quickly but we need to make sure that we show the same commitment and passion that we showed today (Saturday) and be a bit more ruthless in front of goal".

"We are a team that came from the Championship and where we are now could be expected". "The unusual thing in our last games is that our displays have been good but we didn't win".

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