Jonjo Shelvey says that even when picking up one point in nine games, Newcastle’s performances were still ‘there or thereabouts’.
Up against his former club Swansea on Saturday, the midfielder describes it as a must win for both teams.
Swansea are bottom of the table with Newcastle in 13th position, six points separating the two clubs.
With Newcastle picking up seven points from nine in three matches against relegation rivals over the festive season, Jonjo Shelvey believes that safety is in their own hands now, after pulling out of the relegation zone.
However, he wants to get safety from the drop ‘boxed off’ as soon as possible, and three points on Saturday will go some way to achieving that, as it would leave Newcastle on 25 points with 15 games remaining.
On Friday it will be two years since the day when he signed for Newcastle and Shelvey says that as soon as he heard of the interest ‘there was only one place I wanted to go’.
Jonjo Shelvey speaking to NUFC TV:
“We had a good result at Stoke away, always a tough place to go, even though they have been struggling.
“We dominated the game and should have been three or four up we thought.
“I think our performances have always been there or thereabouts but it is about turning performances into results.
“Them games (such as Luton in the FA Cup) are always potential banana skins, it would have been embarrassing if we hadn’t beaten Luton.
“I was sitting watching the draw and hopefully Norwich will go and beat Chelsea, then we will play Norwich.
“I think this (Swansea at home) is massive, a must win for them and us as well.
“There is a big expectation when playing in front of our fans and we just have to be able to deal with that.
“You want to get it (safety from relegation) boxed off, it is in our hands now because of the last few results.”
‘When you left you kind of said it would be Swansea’s loss in the end. Do you think when you look at the league position now (Swansea are six points and seven places below Newcastle), that this is proving to be the case?’
“No, I wouldn’t say that. They have lost quite a few big players.
“Listen, Swansea are a great club, great family club, the supporters work hard for the team…but as soon as I found out Newcastle were interested, there was only one place I wanted to go.
“I could never say I regret joining Newcastle.”