'Draws aren't going to be enough' – The key quotes from Eddie Howe's press conference after Newcastle United's 1-1 draw with Norwich City
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Eddie Howe admits that picking up single points are not going to be enough for Newcastle United anymore this season after The Magpies slumped to their 14th straight Premier League game without a victory.

Howe's side were reduced to 10-men after just nine minutes when Ciaran Clark was dismissed for pulling back Teemu Pukki.

The Magpies did take the lead however on the hour mark when Callum Wilson dispatched his penalty despite Tim Krul getting a hand on it.

Pukki had the final say on matters though when he launched a venomous volley into the top-left corner to ensure The Canaries left St James' Park with a point.

"We know we need wins," Howe said.

"Draws aren't going to be enough but all you can do in a game is give your all and I think the players did that tonight.

"That is the level of effort we need in every game, regardless of how many players we've got on the pitch."

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On Clark's red card

The Republic of Ireland international's dismissal tore up Newcastle's plans for the game essentially from the get go – and it meant Ryan Fraser had to be sacrificed for defensive reinforcements.

Howe said on the matter: "In the cold light of day he’d probably make a different decision but the impulse has made him stop the striker.

"My immediate focus was to figure out what we had to do.

"I didn't want to take Ryan Fraser off but Fede [Fernandez] came on and I thought he was magnificent."

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A return from the cold for Fernandez

Federico Fernandez was called upon for the first time six games once Clark had been sent off.

Many Toon fans were desperate to see him return to the team, and the Argentine did not disappoint, putting in a solid display at the back.

"He’s been the ultimate professional, a real leader of the group and a respected figure," Howe said.

"He proved today he’s an outstanding player.

"I haven’t seen too much of him yet but I was delighted to give him the opportunity and I thought Fede played very well."

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On Lewis' return to the team

Jamal Lewis was another Newcastle player that returned to the side – to face his former club after a £15 million move last year – after a long spell out of the team, and just like Fernandez, he put in a good performance.

Howe said about Lewis: "Jamal I though did very well in a game where we didn't have much of the ball.

"He's an attacking left back with great athleticism which we didn’t see tonight because of the situation of the game but I was very pleased with the effort he gave."

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'The atmosphere was something I'd have loved to have played in'

50,000+ Geordies had their best singing voices tonight, but they couldn't roar their side to victory.

"The fans helped the team so much," Howe said on the St James' Park crowd.

"The atmosphere was something I'd loved to have played in and the supporters galvanised the players.

"They both have to feed off each other. I think the crowd would've seen players that were committed to the cause." 

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On the all important Burnley game next

Tonight was a must win for The Magpies, but they had to settle for a point against the side only one place above them in 19th.

They have another massive game at the weekend against another relegation rival in Burnley, and Howe admits they have clinch all three points.

"We know we need to win the game and we want to win the game, but we have to concentrate on the day-to-day preparations and give our all like we did tonight."

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