Vurnon Anita draws line under Newcastle troubles and targets QPR win

FOCUSED ... Vurnon Anita.
FOCUSED ... Vurnon Anita.

VURNON Anita says Newcastle United’s players have made a point after a troubled few weeks at the club – and are determined to take all three points at Loftus Road.

Anita and his team-mates ended a club-record run of eight successive Premier League defeats on Saturday.

It was nice to be able to draw a line under a few things at the weekend and move on.

Vurnon Anita

United came from behind to draw 1-1 with West Bromwich Albion at St James’s Park thanks to a goal from Ayoze Perez.

But Newcastle are still just two points above the relegation zone with two games left to play.

And John Carver’s side take on basement club Queens Park Rangers, hammered 6-0 by Manchester City at the weekend, on Saturday knowing a win could be enough to keep them up.

Versatile Anita feels the performance “drew a line” under recent events ahead of a pivotal fortnight for the club.

“It was nice to be able to draw a line under a few things at the weekend and move on,” said the 26-year-old.

“We stopped the losing run with a point, and that was very important.

“The spirit in the team was never a problem, but it should be even better now as we look forward to the final two matches against QPR and West Ham.

“We need to show the same fighting mentality in those games that we did against West Brom. If we do that, we will be OK.

“Finally, I thought the game against West Brom provided a bit of a bright side to what has been a difficult few weeks.

“It gave us to something to build on, and we just have to look to the future now and not get too caught up with what has happened before.”

Anita, fielded at right-back against West Brom in the absence through suspension of his Dutch countryman Daryl Janmaat, was one of United’s best performers.

“We played well,” said the Holland international.

“Everyone knows that we didn’t win, but it was a good way to stop the losing run that we were on.

“We took an important point, and we just need to keep on going in the next two games now and win them.

“I think everyone could see that we were giving our all to try to get out of the situation we are in. The fans were behind us, and they were like a 12th man on the pitch. It was a good atmosphere.

“I think we were the team that wanted to play, but unfortunately we couldn’t score the second goal.

“We have to keep on going and make sure we play like we did against West Brom in each of the final two games. We have to give our all.

“I got cramp towards the end of the game, and a few of the other lads were suffering a bit too, but that just shows how much we put into the game.

“We gave it our all and that’s what we have to do.

“We showed some real character to come back from going behind. It was a good reaction from us, and also from everybody in the stadium, which was also important.

“We kept on going and worked hard for our goal. We were the team pushing to get the second goal at the end.