Alan Pardew admits Newcastle need to pick up points soon if they are to steer clear of a relegation battle this season.
One win in the last 10 games has seen the Magpies drop to 14th, just two points above the relegation zone. The Toon have struggled to cope with injuries and an inflated fixture list with the Europa League this term.
But, with Europe now off the agenda until the knock-out stages in February, the Newcastle boss wants to convert performances into points.
“We have to keep an eye on where we are,” Pardew told Sky Sports.
“It is difficult to get points at the minute. We’re a side that on its day can beat anybody.
“We look more like a team. In the last three games the level has improved. But unfortunately we need to get results.”
Pardew is hoping that Newcastle’s cause will be helped by premature returns to action from the injured Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor.
Cabaye has undergone two groin operations, while Taylor has been sidelined with a hamstring problem.
The influential pair had been expected to return in early February. But Pardew has revealed there’s a chance Cabaye and Taylor will be back in the middle of next month.
However, asked if there were any injury boosts for the visit of Manchester City this weekend, the Toon boss told the Sunderland Echo, “I don’t think so.
“I think that’s the group between now and mid-January, when maybe Steven and Cabaye will come back to us. Until such time, that is the team.”