After only one point from six matches, Ayoze Perez insists that the Newcastle players still aren’t panicking.
However, he does accept ‘we have to start winning now, otherwise it’s going to get very tough for us.’
Newcastle are home to Leicester on Saturday and then four days later Everton visit St James Park with Perez admitting ‘we have to make the most of them, we need the points and we have to win.’
If Newcastle don’t pick up points in these two home games, things wouldn’t look good.
After Everton visit Tyneside, Newcastle have away games at Arsenal and West Ham, before Man City visit on 27 December.
That game against the runaway leaders would be the 20th of the season and whilst you would hope that Newcastle at the very least would be able to come away with a draw from West Ham, it has become apparent that no game is now easy for Rafa’s players.
“We started the season pretty well and that has helped us with our league position, but we have gone too long without winning, and we have to put that right.
“We are at home for our next match and we have to make the most of that and get three points.
“We can’t keep saying we are still OK in the table, this is the moment to start turning things around and get back to having the winning feeling again.
“We need to get back to picking up points and it doesn’t really matter how we are playing, that is the most important thing. It has to start from now.
“We have two home games coming up (against Leicester and Everton) and we have to make the most of them, we need the points and we have to win.
“It’s hard to play against Chelsea, just like it was hard to play against Manchester United the other week.
“Two of the best teams in the world and that is why they are where they are in the table, that is why they are in with a good chance of winning the league.
“It is always tough to play against these kind of teams and you have to do a lot of things well, not make mistakes.
“Then if you also have a bit of luck, maybe you can get a good result, but it is a very hard thing to do.
“We knew there might be periods like this but it has gone on too long now.
“When we were winning, we knew a bad moment could come, because it is a tough league.
“It is not such a bad situation that we have to say we’re panicking…but we have to realise that we have to start winning now, otherwise it’s going to get very tough for us.”