ALAN Pardew believes five victories stand between Newcastle United and a return to Europe.
Pardew’s side take on Norwich City tomorrow focused on taking another significant stride towards qualification for the Europa League.
However, sixth-placed Newcastle are without a win in four Premier League games, though their destiny still remains in their own hands with 10 matches left to play this season.
“We’ve had a little refocus this morning about where we stand and what we have to do,” Pardew said.
“We have to get four or five wins from our 10 games to get into Europe. It’s going to look a lot easier if we win (against Norwich).
“Momentum is everything in this division and I think the most important thing for us now is to get a win. We’ll be looking to do that against Norwich.”
United’s players left the Emirates Stadium despondent on Monday night after their 2-1 defeat to Arsenal.
While Pardew admits his team have not been at their best of late, he is happy with the “determination” he has sensed in the dressing room.
“You can see it in there,” said Pardew. “We’re fighting for everything and fighting for our lives.
“We aren’t playing champagne football.
“This season we’ve had a few performances that are right at the top. Lately, we haven’t been firing on all cylinders, but we can click into gear and get things to go our way.”
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