Rafael Benitez Newcastle United boss happy with 'control' in Leeds win

Dwight Gayle
Dwight Gayle's double extended Newcastle's unbeaten run to 11 in all competitions

Manager Rafael Benitez says there is more to come from Newcastle United despite an impressive display in Sunday's 2-0 win against Leeds United.

The win, their ninth in a row in all competitions, put the Magpies five points clear of Brighton at the top of the Championship table.

Two goals from striker Dwight Gayle, one in each half, sealed the points and ended Leeds' three game winning run.

"Everything we tried to do we did well," Benitez told BBC Newcastle.

"From set-pieces, control of the game and counter-attack, we saw the effort, the mentality was good and the understanding of the game was very good.

"We made some mistakes, there is room for improvement but I can't complain because we did very well."

Benitez's decision to start Gayle rather than the in-form Aleksandar Mitrovic was rewarded as the former Crystal Palace player took his goal tally to 13 for the season.

It was one of several tough selection decisions for the Spaniard, following the 2-1 home win against Cardiff before the international break.

"It's not just the goals, it's the movement he gives to the team." Benitez said of Gayle's display.

"But it's not easy for me. It's not just Gayle and Mitrovic - there's Mo Diame-Ayoze Perez, DeAndre Yedlin-Vurnon Anita, Issac Hayden-Jack Colback.

"We have so many players that when they play, they do so well and it's difficult to decide."

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