YOHAN Cabaye says Newcastle United won’t give up on their Champions League dream until the last ball has been kicked this season.
Cabaye and his team-mates were beaten 2-0 at St James’s Park yesterday by the Premier League leaders Manchester City.
The result left Alan Pardew’s side fifth in the Premier League with one game left to play against Everton on Sunday.
However, a win at Goodison Park – and defeats for Tottenham Hotspur or Arsenal above them – would see United qualify for the Champions League should Chelsea lose this season’s final against Bayern Munich.
“It’s going to be a difficult match against Everton, and we must give everything,” Cabaye told the Gazette.
“We knew even if we won against Manchester City, we would have to win at Everton.
“It’s been a very, very good season. We’ve played brilliantly again. There were 52,000 fans supporting us. They’re there every weekend, so we really have to play for the supporters.
“It’s been a great season. There’s one match left, and we must try our hardest to try and get as high up the table as we can.”
The game swung back and forth until Yaya Toure’s 70th-minute opener, and as Newcastle pressed for an equaliser they were undone by a quick breakaway, with the powerful midfielder – pushed further forward after Nigel De Jong’s introduction – again finding the net.
“It wasn’t enough in the end,” added Cabaye. “We tried everything, and although we lost, we weren’t disappointed with the performance. We gave everything.”
Whatever happens at Goodison Park, United’s campaign, will be judged as an unqualified success, the club having already secured Europa League football for next season.
And Pardew’s players lapped St James’s Park after the game to show their appreciation for the support they’ve got from the club’s fans during a remarkable season.
Cabaye said: “I believe it’s a tradition here, and with the support we’ve had - the fans have been incredible - it was right that we showed our appreciation.
“We needed to thank them for their support.”