HEAD coach John Carver has admitted Newcastle still need points to prevent themselves being sucked into the battle for Premier League survival.
Sunday’s derby defeat at Sunderland left the Magpies empty-handed from their last four games.
Although they still sit nine points clear of the drop zone, Carver will not be happy until they have at least collected the 40 points which comprises the accepted target for top-flight safety.
Adding to the current total of 35 could prove something of a challenge as they head for Champions League-chasing Liverpool on Monday night, but the 50-year-old knows the drought cannot be allowed to continue too much longer.
Carver said: “There are only nine points in it.
“And say we go to Liverpool and get nothing at Liverpool, there could be six points in it. We have to get some points, no matter how we do it.
“To be quite honest, I’m not that interested in how we play. What I am interested in is the final result and picking up points, and we have to do that.”