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.”