Andros Townsend spells out what Newcastle have to do to survive

Andros Townsend celebrates
Andros Townsend celebrates

Andros Townsend has challenged Newcastle United to “capitalise” on the club’s first win under Rafa Benitez – and climb out of the relegation zone.

Townsend scored in Saturday’s 3-0 Premier League win over Swansea City.

And the second-bottom club is now just three points behind 17th-placed Norwich City, beaten 3-0 by Sunderland.

Newcastle have a game in hand over Alex Neil’s side – they take on Manchester City at St James’s Park tomorrow night – and a win would lift the club out of the bottom three.

Townsend said: “We knew we had four games at home remaining. We knew that kind of performance was coming.

“We’ve done a lot of hard work on the training ground, and knew that a good game was coming.

“Now we have to capitalise on our game plan on Tuesday evening.

“It’s still difficult, but if we defend like we did and attack like we did, then we’ll have every chance.

“If the fans are as good as they were, then we have a chance. We have stayed confident, and knew it would click even when we were losing games.

“We believe we can go on a run and get ourselves out of trouble. It was important to go into the Man City game on the back of a win, but it’s always going to be difficult playing them.

“Now we know we can win football matches again, and we have to go into the game full of confidence and come out of it with the result we want and claw ourselves even further towards safety.”

Townsend, signed from Tottenham Hotspur in January for £12million, felt that the crowd played their part.

“We got the crowd on our side,” he said. “We know what we need to do and what the fans want to see – they want to see players fighting for the shirt and they got that. We need them on our side in a massive stadium like this.”