Steve McClaren urges side to not rely on other teams

Magpies boss reveals his players need to focus on themselves rather than other teams as they look to beat the drop this season.

Steve McClaren urges side to not rely on other teams
Toon boss has a tough job to keep Newcastle in the Premier League (the mag)

Newcastle United  boss Steve McClaren has told his players they can't rely on other teams to drop points in a bid to avoid relegation.

The Magpies face Bournemouth at St. James' Park this weekend with the North East side currently second from bottom in the Barclays Premier League.

Fans vital to Newcastle success

Newcastle have been victourious in their last two home games against West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion with McClaren's men in desperate need to make it three home wins in succession.

McClaren told reporters his team went to Stoke City in hope that his side could "try to grind out a result." Newcastle nearly did that, only to be undone by a late Xherdan Shaqiri goal.

"On Saturday we need to go and grind a result out at home," added McClaren. "We need 52,000 supporters behind us like they were at Stoke. They're going to be very important."

Glenn Whelan battle Georgino Wijnaldum for possession | Photo: Getty
Glenn Whelan battle Georgino Wijnaldum for possession | Photo: Getty

The pressure is on

The Tyne-Wear derby is on the horizon and McClaren admits it is imperative his side deal with high pressure situations if they want to remain in the top flight.

"As the number of games goes down and down, there's going to be more high-pressure situations," says McClaren. "But we've been in this position all season and we have to show we can handle it."

McClaren told reporters that his team have "got to fight our way out of the position we're in."

Trio doubtful ahead of Saturday's game

McClaren also revealed he didn't want to risk Andros Townsend ahead of Saturday's crunch game after the latter missed the game at Stoke due to a knock he picked up.

"Some players could have played, but he needs 100-percent speed and he's not quite at that," stated the Newcastle manager. "We don't want to risk it becoming longer term so we'll have to assess it for Saturday".

Fabricio Coloccini is expected to miss the visit of the Cherries as the Argentine is still recovering from a calf injury. Chancel Mbemba will also miss out.

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