Chancel Mbemba claims that ‘everyone can see that we don’t deserve to be where we are’ after the draw with Stoke left Newcastle still in the relegation zone.

The former Anderlecht defender thinks that Newcastle ‘are close to being a good team’ and this appears to be echoed by many of the fans inside St James Park, who aren’t getting on the players’ backs and have belief that the results can/will come.

However, with only one win in 11 matches and a gap already opening up between the bottom five or six and the rest of the Premier League, until the points start going on the board, nobody will be able to relax.

Next Saturday’s match with Bournemouth is already taking on at the very least the look of a ‘game that Newcastle can’t afford to lose’.

Bournemouth would go four points clear of United and with Newcastle then facing four clubs in the top half of the table, Mbemba’s assertion of being close to being a good team would really be put to the test.

Chancel Mbemba speaking to the official club website:

“Keeping a clean sheet gives everyone confidence that we’re not going to concede goals too easily anymore.

“We need to take this forward now and try to keep more because if we do that then we are going to pick up points.

“We put in a great performance out there and made a lot of chances but just couldn’t put any of them away, and that’s what we need to work on. We definitely deserved to win the game, not draw.

“He (Jack Butland) performed magnificently and kept out every chance we created.

“We tried hard and kept coming at him but he saved everything. We did the best we could against him.

“I would like to thank the fans because  as always they were 100% behind us.

“We are close to being a good team and everyone can see that we don’t deserve to be where we are in the division.

“Football involves a lot of hard work and you can see that we are putting that in. The football we are playing is very good, and we are working hard to get out of the relegation zone as quick as possible and up to where a club like this should be.”