Toon star issues rallying cry

Newcastle winger Andros Townsend is convinced his side can pull clear of danger and escape the drop to the Championship.

Newcastle: Toon star issues rallying cryNewcastle: Toon star issues rallying cry

The St James’ Park outfit are 19th in the Premier League table and just one point adrift of safety, although Norwich and Sunderland immediately above them both have a game in hand.

Newcastle host Crystal Palace on Saturday and should head into the game in confident mood after five points from the last three games, including draws with Manchester City and Liverpool.

Townsend has been satisfied with his form since his January switch from Spurs but he feels he can do more and is desperate to play a key role in helping the Toon avoid relegation.

“I’ve been happy with the amount of goals and assists I’ve been able to contribute to this team,” he is quoted as saying by The Shields Gazette.

“I know the hard work starts now. We’ve got three games left, and if we’re going to stay up, not just me, but the whole front four are going to need to contributes with goals and assists.”

On the visit of Palace, he added: “We’re a confident bunch of boys, especially at St James’ Park where we know we’re a match for anyone. We’ve shown this season we’re a match for anyone at home.

“Palace are a good side, but we’re going to go into the game full of confidence and hoping to get another three points.”

Newcastle travel to rock-bottom Aston Villa on May 7 and complete the campaign with a home fixture against Townsend’s former club Spurs.

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