Shola Ameobi believes Newcastle United can still amass maximum points required to land them in Europe next season.
The Magpies are eight points shy of sixth-placed Everton, who occupies the final slot for European competition, in eighth position, but the Nigeria international believes with the Toffees and Champions League quarter-finalists, Manchester United, still to visit St. James’ Park, the side can still have a crack at Europe.
“Hopefully I can help us in these last nine games and play a part in the run and see if I can get up as high as I can and hopefully finish in a European position, which is our ambition as a club,” said the striker.
“We still believe we can do it. As players you look and see there is still 27 points to play for. That’s a lot of points and way more than enough to get us into Europe.
Newcastle also take on Southampton, currently in eighth, in a run-in that also includes trips to title challengers Arsenal and Liverpool – whom Alan Pardew’s men face on the final day of the season.
“We’re still fighting even though Southampton have gone ahead of us but we play the next two games at home and they will be vital come the end of the season as to where we finish. As disappointed as we are with this result we have to move on and hopefully use those next two home games to really push up the table.”
“We’ve got Everton, Man United and Southampton; whatever happens in those games will probably determine how well we do, but every game is huge now. The last ten games of the season your fortunes rest on, and it’s important you continue to carry the momentum we’ve had throughout the season.
“We don’t want the season to peter out, we really want to push ourselves as players,” added Ameobi.
“Setbacks are always going to happen, but it’s how you react to them and we have to make sure we react quickly to this defeat.”