Football: Manager Rafa Benitez rues youthful Newcastle's lack of experience as they struggle against relegation

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez says his team needed more experience to help them through tough situations.
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez says his team needed more experience to help them through tough situations.PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez bemoaned the lack of experience in his young squad as the club battle for English Premier League survival.

The league's second-youngest team let a two-goal lead slip in the 2-2 draw with Bournemouth last weekend to drop back into the relegation scrap and are just two points above 18th-placed Swansea.

The Spanish boss said his team needed more experience to help them through tough situations.

"You have to keep going until the game ends but you have to stay calm and make the right decisions," he told British media.

"This is what can happen when you play at this level against very good players. Our team is a young team and we need a bit more experience to manage situations like this.

"We have a situation where we are creating chances but missing a little bit this experience or quality."

The draw was a sobering experience after Newcastle's shock 1-0 win over second-placed Manchester United earlier this month and Benitez will be eager for his side to bounce back when they travel to third-placed Liverpool on Saturday (March 3).