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Players have the character to turn it around says Rafa Benitez

“I think the fans have been really good all season, but maybe after a lot of them will realise it’s not a question of players or what system we play, it is about sticking together or we will have more problems. This is what we have. We have a team of young players and they are working hard. But we are playing against good teams who are organised. They are finding if you make a mistake, you can be punished.

“It will be tough, but I still think we are in a good position. If my target for the first half of the season is 20 points and we have 14, we have to be sure we use these next six games to get those points and then try to improve in the second half of the season. We have to learn in the Premier League that if you make one mistake. We did really well at the beginning, now we have to keep working with this group and they are working really hard but there is a lack of experience sometimes.

“Confidence is important in any team, especially a young team. When you are winning it gets easier. The only way is to stick together. After the game I just said what we did wrong. If you lose a game through lack of character or passion, but here we made mistakes. This team has the passion and character to come through this.”

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