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Keeper backs Magpies to survive

13th January 2018, 15:01 by Michael Holland

Karl Darlow says survival is in Newcastle's own hands and is refusing to bow to the pressure of staying in the Premier League.

The Magpies extended a difficult run of form to just one win in 12 Premier League games with a disappointing 0-0 draw with Brighton at St James' Park on Saturday.

Rafael Benitez's men have collected just five of the last 36 points they have contested and are without a home win in six attempts, a return which has left them a single point clear of the drop zone ahead of today's trip to fellow strugglers Stoke.

However Darlow, who returned to the firing line at the weekend with Rob Elliot injured, is confident the squad's fate remains in their own hands.

He said: "We have stayed fairly positive throughout. We have been through a bad patch, but that can happen in the Premier League with the quality you are up against.

"It is important for the fans to remain positive and stay with us. We know that if we keep picking up points, then we'll be in a good place."

The 3-2 win at West Ham in their last away fixture represents Newcastle's only three-point haul since they beat Crystal Palace on October 21, but a repeat of that at the Bet365 Stadium would complete a double following a 2-1 home victory over the Potters on September 16.

Darlow said: "It will be tough - Stoke away is never easy is it? It's one of those games that we need to mentally prepare for. But we are professional and we have to make sure we are fit and ready to go for that. We have to be in the best possible shape to go there and get three points."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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