Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren insists he is still the man to keep the club up despite their 1-0 defeat to Stoke City.
The Magpies lost for the seventh consecutive time away from home after Xherdan Shaqiri’s stunning effort settled the game on Wednesday night.
McClaren’s men looked to have earned a point before Shaqiri’s 80th minute strike in what was a disappointing clash at the Britannia Stadium.
Stoke keeper Jack Butland denied Seydou Doumbia late on to ensure Newcastle remained in the bottom three but they do have a game in hand on the rest of their relegation rivals.
Although they lost once again, the former England coach insists his side showed enough fight to prove they can avoid the drop this year, which you can back using your free bet.
“We have been in this position all season for a reason and we have to continue that with 11 games to go, but you saw tonight the reaction of the players after the last outing 18 days ago, it has been good.
“This game is cruel and it’s been cruel to us again. We dust ourselves down and we go again on Saturday.
“We have got 11 games and a certain amount of wins we need. We don’t quite know the target, but we have got the talent to do that and, for sure, the attitude tonight will get them.
“We have been in this position all season. We are there for a reason, we are going to fight our way out of it and tonight we started to do that.”