Blackburn - Newcastle: Rafael Benitez defends the FA Cup selection

Blackburn - Newcastle: Rafael Benitez defends the FA Cup selection

Newcastle has not left the fourth round of the FA Cup since 2006

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Coach Rafael Benitez says Newcastle is struggling to "fight" because of their position in the Premier League in the FA Cup of the season.

The Magpies dropped to 18th place on Saturday after losing to Chelsea.

Benitez said he would spin his team for the third round of the third round against Blackburn on Tuesday, as he did when the teams drew 1-1 at St James's Park.

He said the clubs must be "realistic" in their chances in the FA Cup if they decide to prioritize the competition.