The Rafa Benitez Burton Press Conference has taken place on Tuesay lunchtime.

The United boss confirming that both Ciaran Clark and DeAndre Yedlin were still out through injury, though he said the USA international is getting close to returning.

Repeating his thoughts from last Friday when he declared it to be an eight match mini-league from April onwards, Rafa stated that we now have a seven game mini-league.

Burton at home has to be seen as another three points in the bag if Newcastle play near their best – though the problem is that they rarely have since Christmas.

The Newcastle Manager says that ‘it is not easy at this stage of the season’ because ‘everybody is playing for something’.

After playing second bottom Wigan, it is now Burton who hauled themselves to sixth bottom, four points above relegation, with Saturday’s shock win at Huddersfield.

Needless to say, they will see anything as a bonus on Wednesday night and Rafa Benitez said today that ‘you can’t always play in the way that you want to’ because this league is so competitive.

First quotes from the Rafa Benitez Burton Press Conference:

“Yedlin is getting closer, but it’s more or less the same (injury) situation.

“Physically, Burton are strong. They have a very clear game plan.

“We have to be sure that we are so focussed and we don’t have any distractions.

“We don’t see it as ten points gap (yet), Huddersfield still have a game in hand…you can do the maths but you still have got to win the games.

“It’s not easy at this stage of the season – everybody is playing for something.

“We have a mini-league. We have seven games now, and we have to try and win this mini-league.

 “If you play well you then have more chances but the other teams are competitive and you can’t always play in the way that you want to.”

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