Daryl Janmaat’s looking for Newcastle United to give the club’s fans a belated Christmas present – and a happier New Year, writes Miles Starforth.
Steve McClaren’s relegation-threatened side take on Everton at St James’s Park on Boxing Day.
On Saturday we have a good opportunity to beat Everton and get another three points. (It is) a nice game to look forward to.
Defender Janmaat and his team-mates were frustrated not to take all three points from last weekend’s home game against basement club Aston Villa.
However, McClaren’s side – who beat Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool – are three games unbeaten and keen to extend that run.
“It’s still a good run,” said Janmaat.
“Against Spurs we would have taken a point and against Villa a win, so if you turn them around then it looks better.
“On Saturday we have a good opportunity to beat Everton and get another three points. (It is) a nice game to look forward to.”
Newcastle had a long spell in the bottom three, and Janmaat feels it was important for the club to be out of the drop zone for Christmas.
The 26-year-old said: “We must try to build on that now and try to climb up the table.”
The Premier League is throwing up some unlikely results on a weekly basis, with Manchester United most recently having lost at home to struggling Norwich City.
And the game against Villa underlined for Janmaat that nothing can be taken for granted in the division.
“Yeah, I think every team in this league can get a win every week,” said the Holland international.
“Every win is a big thing in the Premier League. It’s not easy to win in this country.
“Just look at this weekend’s results with Manchester United losing at home to Norwich, so it’s never easy to win a game in the Premier League.”
United took the lead against Villa through Fabricio Coloccini, who netted a first-half goal.
But Jordan Ayew levelled in the 61st minute after Siem de Jong put a chance wide at the other end of the pitch.
“Second-half they were a little bit better and put us under some pressure,” said Janmatt.
“Afterwards we are a little bit disappointed, but still we kept fighting until the end of the game and I think we had chances to win it, but unfortunately, we didn’t score.
“Yeah that was a big chance (from de Jong), and normally I think with his qualities he has to score that, but he knows that himself.”
The game was played in atrocious conditions, with the heavens having opened before the match.
Asked how bad the conditions were, he said: “They were difficult, not dangerous, but it was hard.
“It was slippy and it was a hard game because it was raining a lot so it was hard to control the ball.”