Eddie Howe revealed that Newcastle United face a huge fight to stay in the Premier League after a 4-0 loss to Leicester. They have just won a single game this season and face a tough fixture list during Christmas. Leicester themselves endured a COVID outbreak and an exit from Europe following a 3-2 loss to Napoli. The Tyneside club is set to travel to Liverpool before hosting both the Manchester clubs.
“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.” Newcastle manager Eddie Howe said. “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.”
“It wasn’t ideal for our situation. The manner of [the penalty] as well is one that the referee gives at the time and it’s no way it will be overturned. It’s a harsh moment for us. The scoreline is not reflective. Statistics show us that and my gut feeling tells me that but we have to regroup very quickly.” he added. “It was a strange game because I thought we were OK for large parts. We were OK in the first half and were a threat at times. We conceded a goal with the penalty – which was debatable whether it was.”