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Davide Santon’s double vision at Newcastle

UPBEAT ... Davide Santon says Newcastle still have a lot to play for this season.

UPBEAT ... Davide Santon says Newcastle still have a lot to play for this season.

DAVIDE Santon has double vision at Newcastle United – and is eyeing progress at home and abroad.

The defender believes the club can challenge for a place in the top 10 of the Premier League – and progress in the Europe.

Santon and his team-mates left White Hart Lane disappointed on Saturday after losing 2-1 to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.

Newcastle had been looking to build on successive victories against Chelsea and Aston Villa.

However, the club’s domestic campaign is now on hold – with United facing a double-header against Metalist Kharkiv in the Europa League’s Round of 32.

Alan Pardew’s side take on the Ukrainian side at St James’s Park on Thursday night, with the return leg in Kharkiv being played a week later.

“We have confidence,” Santon told the Gazette. “We have a really good team – we can win or draw every game.

“We have a European game coming up. We think the Europa League is really important.

“These two competitions are really important for us.

“We have a strong team, and we can do well. We feel better. In training the atmosphere is good.”

The Tottenham defeat left Newcastle 16th in the Premier League with 12 games left to play.

Reflecting on the game, which was decided by a 78th-minute goal from Gareth Bale, Santon said: “I think we deserved one point. Gareth Bale is a really good player. He scored a goal in the first half, and the second one killed us. It was difficult to come back.

“We had the two important wins against Chelsea and Aston Villa. We have 27 points, and the positions are tight. With just three points, we can move up the table.

“We just have to get points next week at home. I think the fans, every game, help us.

“They’re always with us. When we play at home, we have confidence.

“We have a big chance. We need 13 points to make sure we stay in the Premier League.”

Yoan Gouffran, signed last month from Bordeaux, netted United’s first-half goal at White Hart Lane.

And Newcastle missed the forward when he left the field in the second half with a deep gash on his shin.

There were fears the 26-year-old has suffered a serious injury, but an X-ray showed there was no break.

And Gouffran – cup-tied in the Europa League – could be back for Southampton’s visit to St James’s Park on February 24.

“We’re sad for Gouffran, who was injured in the second half,” added Santon. “We hope he’s better for the next game.

“He’s really worked hard for us, and is really important for us.”

 

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