Allan Saint-Maximin is not concerned about the possibility of a relegation battle as he believes Newcastle will soon start winning matches.
The Magpies are now just three points ahead of Fulham, which is ranked 18. They have picked up just six points in 10 games as the Cottagers are making progress.
Scott Parker’s team has earned eight points in its last five games. They were 10 points behind the Tynesiders in early February, but are now at a contact distance.
Everything points to a nervous showdown until the end of the season, with many expected twists and turns. There has been a lot of negativity in St James’ Park since the turn of the year.
Early season optimism has been replaced by repeated shouts for Bruce to be fired. The descent would surely mark the death sentence for his time in the dugout.
But former Nice star Saint-Maximin you don’t feel like you will get to that stage. While acknowledging that things could improve, the Frenchman remains optimistic about his prospects of overcoming the decline.
“I don’t worry too much because I know we can win a lot of games,” he told NUFC TV. “You saw against Everton.
“You see we have the power to do that, but we have to do that more, do that in every game, and that’s the problem that I think for me.
“But we work a lot on training. We try to do everything we can to be better and we just have to keep improving.
Make or break time
Saint-Maximin’s positivity will be put to the test in the coming weeks. Fighting clubs must score points against so-called minor teams to survive.
In the next four games, Newcastle will face the Wolves, West Brom, Aston Villa and Brighton. Fulham faces a much tougher streak, with Crystal Palace, Spurs, Liverpool and Manchester City on the horizon.
Therefore, March could prove to be a crucial month in the campaign for both clubs. The Northeast team have beaten West Ham, Burnley, Everton (twice), Palace, West Brom and Southampton this season.
And they will have to add to the win column if they want to maintain their top flight status. Bruce is certainly optimistic for the rest of the season.
Felt there was positive signs in Sunday’s 3-1 loss to Manchester United.
“My message to the fans is that I am convinced that we will be fine,” he said after the Old Trafford setback.
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