Hayden not easing up in relegation battle
Isaac Hayden says Newcastle United must keep pushing and reach the magical 40-point mark to ensure safety is achieved this season.
The Magpies are sitting 14th in the Premier League on 35 points ahead of Wednesday's fixtures, seven points clear of the relegation zone, and that tally could already be enough to keep the club up.
However, Hayden, who has been a key cog in the heart of midfield for the Magpies over the past couple of months, says the players can't ease up until they are mathematically safe from the drop.
"Everyone's going to have their opinion on it, but in my opinion, until you reach 40 points, that's the guaranteed mark really for safety," he was quoted as saying by the Northern Echo.
"Until it's mathematically impossible for you to go down, or until you go above 40 points, you can't really take your foot off the gas or think too much about it because anything less than that, you're relying on other results.
"As players, you don't want to be sitting in the changing room relying on other results; you want to just do it yourselves and then you can relax a bit more."
Newcastle, who lost 2-0 at Arsenal on Monday night, return to action on Saturday when they play host to Crystal Palace.
James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.