The Magpies open the first of three final games of the season against Man City, Premier League leaders. Eddie Howe demands improvements from his side
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Newcastle United may finally be mathematically safe this weekend if results go their direction, but they still have to face Manchester City at Etihad Stadium Sunday.
The Magpies lost their first home game of the year against City’s title rivals Liverpool last weekend in a narrow 1-0 defeat, as they missed the opportunity to climb further up the table.
Eddie Howe told his players after the loss to Reds that they would be back. “have to be much better”If they want to avoid the same fate as the league leaders, they will have to lose another game.
He said Chronicle Live : “We weren’t at our best (against Liverpool), we weren’t at our top levels. But we were still in the game right until the end. So there are positives to take from it but we set our standards very high. I was slightly disappointed with the general performance. Next week we have to be much better.”
Since their recent revival, the Magpies boss Howe has been adamant about setting high standards for his team. Howe insists on the importance of each game. “viewed independently”No matter what the opposition was, he gave his players a few days off to recharge and rest during the week.
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The north-east outfit has gone from being a team that was likely to be relegated amid a worrying relegation battle to one that is desperate to finish in the top half. It’s beginning to look like the Magpies would be disappointed to finish below 10th.
They currently occupy that final spot in the top half of the table with just three games to go, but with two of their final three games against Man City and Arsenal to come, as well as a final day battle at relegation-threatened Burnley, it won’t be an easy feat.
Howe responded to a question asking him what he needed to do in order for his team to reach the top half. “Attitude from everybody, from staff to players. We have to compete for everything and show that we are competitive in every moment. We still want points and still want to climb the league. So that’s what I’m looking for in the last three games.”