Promotion is the only priority for Newcastle, says boss Rafa Benitez

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It is a mark that Darren Way's men share with a number of English football's biggest names, including Leeds United, Newcastle United and Aston Villa.

However, asked how the Toon Army would feel if the club was pipped to the title, Benitez said: "I don't think they will be disappointed if we go up". Today was 95 minutes! "I don't understand a lot of things in the last few games".

"But we showed the other side, we showed what a mentality and spirit we have and a determination to never give up and fight to the end, and that's what got them the goal".

Garry Monk's side are not guaranteed a play off place, as with 15 points still left to play for, they are only 5 points ahead of 7th placed Fulham so defeat would really turn the pressure up at Elland Road.

In the referee's defence there were six substitutes used and a couple of injury stoppages, including Ritchie going down. Then tonight we had five minutes.

"It is hard to understand why we had a penalty the other day and it went on for seven minutes, and then they gave only three minutes". "Have you seen anything special?". I am trying to focus on the team, we are a top side.

Asked about the pitch invader, Benitez added: "I will not talk too much about that".

"We have to kill matches" says Mou after 1-1 Anderlecht draw
Anderlecht coach Rene Weiler said the late equaliser had kept his side's hopes of progressing alive. But luckily our defenders were very much in the game and they resolved all of these problems.

"I thought they went out and typified the performance for the team".

"If you analyse the last games, my understanding of the rules has changed a little bit", he said.

The Magpies still hold an eight-point advantage over Huddersfield in third and need eight points from their remaining four fixtures to seal an immediate return to the Premier League after relegation last season.

But as the Sky Sports commentators said, Leeds United did what was most important in the face of the onslaught - they stayed in the game.

"For us it is the same thing, we have to keep winning games and that is".

Leeds' promotion bid has stuttered in recent weeks after such a strong first half of the campaign, having picked up just two wins from their last seven league games.

After a frantic start, in front of a 52,301 crowd at St James' Park, Leeds came close to an opener in the ninth minute when Spanish winger Alfonso Pedraza's long range effort crashed down off the bar and Newcastle keeper Karl Darlow did well to keep out Kemar Roofe's headed follow-up.

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