Winger calls for one final push
Newcastle winger Matt Ritchie has called on his teammate to push on in the final few games as they look to edge up the table.
The Magpies appear to have done enough to avoid being pulled back into a relegation scrap with seven games left to play.
Saturday's 1-0 at Leicester moved Newcastle seven points clear of the drop zone and they can start to look up towards mid-table.
Ritchie feels the players deserve more credit for securing another season in the top-flight, although he admits it doesn't quite compare to the days under Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson when they were challenging for a place in Europe.
"I'm not sure we get the credit we deserve," said Ritchie.
"I think everyone involved at this club deserves credit. I understand the glory days of Keegan and Robson, I understand that everyone keeps looking back. I'm not saying that we don't aspire to that, obviously we do.
"We want to be the best players and the best group we can possibly be. The manager will always say he wants to strengthen and the players are the same, we want to be competing for our places and we understand that's football.
"You want to finish as high as you possibly can, individually and as a team. But you can't take anything for granted in the Premier League. From the top six down, anyone can be 12th or tenth or eighth or 18th.
"It's the bounce of the ball here or there. We didn't win a game for the first ten games of the season and everyone wrote us off. Everyone had us relegated, no chance, but now, all of a sudden, we look like a good side."
Bobbie Jackson is a reporter with an in-depth knowledge of football at all levels. A Blackpool supporter, Bobbie is also a keen rugby union, boxing, MMA and UFC follower.