Newcastle will look to build on four consecutive wins as they travel to face Swansea City on Wednesday night.
Manager Alan Pardew has been pleased with his side's recent run of form, but challenged his players to build on that with another win South Wales – especially after the Swans saw off the Magpies at the Liberty Stadium last season.
"We're playing well at the minute. We've had four really tough games and managed to edge them all," said Pardew. "But going to Swansea on a Wednesday night will be difficult. They beat us last year so I'm very determined to try and get a result there. It would be great if we could keep the run going - that's what we want to do. I want to keep the momentum."
"Something triggered our minds after the derby defeat at Sunderland," he told L'Equipe."After the match, the coach slammed us, telling we should be ashamed for the fans. They are not necessarily rich, so the least we can do is give our very best. Everyone got hauled over the coals. So we questioned ourselves. We play more as a team now and we have a group to fire us among the top eight."
Whilst Gouffran is targeting the top eight, some had suggested that the Magpies could break into the top four and secure a place in next season's Champions League. However, fellow Frenchman Moussi Sissoko has played down any talk of that, and remains focused on achieving safety in the Premier League first, and then kicking on from there.
“No it is too early to talk about that. Teams like Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are used to it. Last year was a difficult season. Now our priority is to achieve survival as soon as possible and after that we will be able to aim higher.”
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