Goodison Park

Next Game

Everton v Newcastle

Sunday, 15 March 2015, 16:00

Barclays Prem

St James' Park, Newcastle

Last Game

Newcastle 0 - 1 Man Utd

Wednesday, 04 March 2015, 19:45

Barclays Prem

Perch confident of survival

Newcastle defender James Perch was encouraged by the team's performance in the 1-1 draw at West Brom on Saturday.

Last Updated: 21/04/13 at 15:25 Post Comment

James Perch: Newcastle defender lifted by performance at West Brom

James Perch: Newcastle defender lifted by performance at West Brom

The Magpies bounced back from their 3-0 derby defeat to Sunderland to claim a point which took them six points clear of the Premier League drop zone.

And Perch is confident Newcastle will soon kill off any lingering fears of relegation if they repeat that performance in their final four games.

He said: "If we keep playing like that we will be fine. We have got a good enough team, we have got good enough players in the squad to make sure we don't go down.

"It is looking like it is going to be a low-points survival this year, but we still want to hit that 40-point mark to be sure.

"We just hope we keep playing well and picking up points away from home, and make sure our home form is a bit better."

Perch added: "If nothing else we had to show the fight and desire we were lacking against Sunderland.

"That is the bare minimum of any game - work-rate and desire to win the game.

"We lacked that against Sunderland and we knew we had to put it right."

Perch was involved in one curious incident in the final minute of the first half when he was penalised by referee Mike Jones for a foul on Billy Jones.

A free-kick was awarded on the right edge of the box but replays suggested the officials had blundered twice with the challenge inside the area but the ball being won cleanly.

Perch said: "It shouldn't have been given. I know it wasn't a foul but Mike said to me at the start of the second half that he called it right, it was a foul outside the box.

"The linesman didn't give it. It was the referee who was 20-25 yards away. I don't think it was his decision to make and I think he made the wrong one."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

A

nd yet... Jermain Defoe is still going to pronounce himself gobsmacked when he learns he hasn't made the England squad for the Euro qualifiers.

treeman1
Premier League Winners And Losers

W

e could release Diaby and then re-sign him when nobody else does and he would literally be like a new signing.

john matrix
The Machine Gossip

W

e pay the living wage, living wage, living wage, and that's the way we like it, we like it, we like it!!! Wooo ohhhh ooooohh

hump3.
All Premier League Clubs Should Be Paying Living Wage

Footer 365

Hodgson aims to stay on - Report

Roy Hodgson wants to continue as England manager until after the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia, according to reports.

Louis van Gaal denies bust up with Man Utd assistant Ryan Giggs

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has hit out after he was asked about his relationship with Ryan Giggs.

Roy Hodgson says Harry Kane is ready to play for England but may have to wait

Roy Hodgson says Tottenham striker Harry Kane is ready to play for England but says it is not a certainty he will be called up.

Mail Box

Have To Trust Managers On Mata

It's all very well bemoaning the lack of action for Juan Mata, but we have to trust the judgement of Van Gaal and Mourinho. Plus Martinez Out, and Leicester are doomed...

Should Gerrard Get In This Liverpool Side?

Never mind the long goodbye, should he actually get back into this excellent Liverpool side playing with pace? Mostly we talk Manchester United, though. It's good...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company