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Lascelles opens up on Newcastle’s survival

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Jamaal Lascelles is confident that five more wins will be enough to keep Newcastle United in the top flight.

The Magpies moved out of the relegation zone after beating Cardiff City 3-0 at St James’s Park on Saturday. And Lascelles believes the team needs to win a third of its remaining 15 games to stay up.

The record shows that the Rafa Benitez led side enjoy a better head to head run against teams around them and still have home games with Huddersfield Town, Burnley, Crystal Palace and Southampton.

“I think five wins will probably secure it for us, so those games are going to be important for us,” said Lascelles, United’s captain via the Shields Gazette.

“It’s nice to know we have those home games coming up, and we will want to make sure we get those wins in those games.

“We have to take it step by step and we need to concentrate on Watford, Man City and Tottenham first.”

On the club’s record against fellow strugglers, Lascelles said: “Against the lower teams, you get a similar style of play, good energy, but what we have over them is quality.

“We have quality all over the pitch, with (Salomon) Rondon and Ayoze (Perez) up front and good centre-halves all over the place. Personally, that’s what will be the difference.”