Newcastle United must carry on winning says Vurnon Anita

HULL STRIKE: Newcastle United's Vurnon Anita celebrates with Moussa Sissoko.
HULL STRIKE: Newcastle United's Vurnon Anita celebrates with Moussa Sissoko.

VURNON Anita has challenged Newcastle United to carry on winning – and see where it takes them.

Newcastle return to action after a two-week break on Saturday when they face Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Alan Pardew’s side started the New Year badly, but they take on the Premier League’s basement club looking to build on back-to-back victories over Hull City and Aston Villa.

And a win would keep eighth-placed Newcastle in touch with the teams above them chasing Europa League football.

Midfielder Anita – who scored his first league goal in United’s convincing 4-1 win at Hull – is reluctant to look beyond the next game.

However, the 24-year-old is confident Newcastle are capable of challenging Manchester United and Everton for sixth, the final European place.

“For us, we must keep on going and win our games,” Anita told SportMail. “Let’s see how we can end (the season).

“Now we can rest and be more than 100 per cent fit for the Fulham game. We have to do our best.”

Fulham’s season has gone from bad to worse and they are looking for their first win under new manager Felix Magath, who has presided over two defeats and a draw since succeeding Rene Meulensteen last month.

However, United have lost their last four games at Craven Cottage. United’s last away win over them came in December 2007 thanks to a Joey Barton penalty.

And Anita is wary of Fulham given their desperation for points, with Magath’s side three points adrift at the bottom of the table.

“It’s going to be a hard game for us because they need the points,” said Anita. “We want a winning run. We must keep on going.”

Newcastle could have captain Fabricio Coloccini back for the game, with the defender, given compassionate leave in Argentina after a family bereavement, due back on Tyneside this week.