Andros Townsend believes a lack of fight, not quality, has been Newcastle’s problem this season but believes they can still stay up.
Newcastle again showed they are up for the fight as they came back from 2-0 down to rescue a point in a 2-2 draw at Liverpool on Saturday, but the winger admits that determination has often been lacking.
The Magpies still have plenty to do to get themselves out of trouble after arch rivals Sunderland also picked up a point against Arsenal, but Townsend is happy that the fighting spirit has returned.
“It’s been our problem,” he said. “Our quality’s not been our problem this season, it’s maybe been the fight and determination and willingness to run, tackle and head the ball.
“In the past two or three weeks we’ve shown that in abundance. Hopefully, this can be a turning point and we can get the points we need. When you’re winning football matches and picking up points against good teams it breeds confidence.
“We made it hard for ourselves and it was a kick in the teeth to concede in the first minute but in the second half we showed great character and great courage to come back.
“Even at half-time we believed if we got an early goal that we could go on and get another one. We got the point, and hopefully it can be a massive point.”