Eddie Howe fears Newcastle are in a huge fight to stay in the Premier League as they go into a difficult December run of fixtures on the back of a 4-0 loss at Leicester.
Against a Leicester side who had endured a torrid week of their own, suffering Covid-19 absences before being knocked out of the Europa League at Napoli on Thursday, Newcastle were soundly beaten, brought back down to earth following their first win of the campaign against Burnley last Saturday.
Howe’s men are 19th in the Premier League, three points from safety, but have Liverpool (A), Manchester City (H) and Manchester United (H) up next. Nevertheless, Howe insists his players should not feel disheartened.
He told Sky Sports: “We’re in a huge fight to stay in this division. I was aware of that when I came in and that won’t change, I don’t think, throughout the whole season. We’re in a huge battle. We’ll need to use the pain and feeling from today to help us in our journey this season.
“Every game is an opportunity. We’re hugely frustrated by some of our moments in the game. If we’d have shown more composure in the attacking third, we could have made more of the moments. We just let the game slip away from us.
“We know they have quality players and they hurt us when we allowed them space but I don’t think we should lose heart from the majority of the game. We just need more of the big moments to go our way.”
Newcastle had more possession (52 per cent), shots (12 to 8) and corners (6 to 4) than Leicester in the game, but failed to make the most of some promising positions.