Townsend urges Newcastle focus

Andros Townsend says Newcastle have “eight cup finals” between now and the end of the season as they look to avoid relegation.

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The Magpies have endured a truly tumultuous campaign and, despite showing signs of improvement since Rafa Benitez’s recent arrival, currently find themselves sat 19th in the table.

However, Saturday sees them take on 17th-place Norwich and a victory at Carrow Road could see them move out of the bottom three.

They also have winnable games against the likes of Swansea, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa before the end of the campaign, while they will also be looking to cause a number of upsets in their other matches at this often unpredictable stage of the season.

Having the tactical nous of Benitez in charge will also help and punters may see this as a reason to use their free bet to back the Tynesiders to avoid the drop.

Townsend was one of a flurry of January arrivals at St James’ Park and impressed in their recent 1-1 derby draw against Sunderland.

The 24-year-old admits his side’s outings are only going to get bigger between now and the end of the campaign and has called on his troops to ready themselves for eight of the most important games of their careers.

“You could have said the derby (with fellow strugglers Sunderland, a 1-1 draw) was the biggest one of all time,” he said. “Now, it’s Norwich and that’s the biggest game of our careers. Then it’ll be the game after that.

“We have eight cup finals to come and we need to treat them like that. We need to start picking up points sooner rather than later.”

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