Relegation is still a concern for NUFC star Yohan Cabaye

GOOD RESULT ... Anzhi's Oleg Shatov, left, battles for the ball with Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye during their Europa League clash.
GOOD RESULT ... Anzhi's Oleg Shatov, left, battles for the ball with Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye during their Europa League clash.
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YOHAN Cabaye’s looking for Newcastle United to take another stride towards Premier League safety against Stoke City at St James’s Park tomorrow.

The midfielder admits the relegation-threatened club is still in a “difficult position”.

Alan Pardew’s side are 15th in the division – and six points above the relegation zone.

That’s still too close for comfort for Pardew, and United’s remaining five home games are all-important.

A win would see Newcastle, beaten 1-0 by Swansea City last weekend, go level on points with 11th-placed Stoke.

“Unfortunately, we lost at Swansea,” Cabaye told SportMail.

“Now we’re still in a difficult position, and at home we have to play to win every game.

“It’s going to be tough – Stoke are a difficult team to play – but I hope we will do the right things to win. We just want the three points.”

While staying in the Premier League is the club’s over-riding priority, Cabaye is also confident United can make further progress in Europe.

Newcastle held Anzhi Makhachkala to a goalless draw in Moscow on Thursday night.

And Cabaye feels the result in the first leg of the club’s Round of 16 tie has put the team in a strong position for the return at St James’s Park on Thursday.

“We’re happy with the result – it was the first leg away from home,” said Cabaye.

“We have to be focused for the game at home. If they score, we have to score twice. But I think it’s a good result.”

Pardew had been concerned about the Luzhniki Stadium’s artificial surface, but fortunately his players left the pitch unscathed.

“The pitch was very different, but as a footballer, you have to adapt and play the game,” added Cabaye, “Now I’m OK. We will rest, and start work today.”