Newcastle have yet to win a Premier League game this season.
The Magpies sit in the relegation places after seven games, having yet to claim a victory in the Premier League.
The poor form has been characteristic of their entire 2014, having won just five games this calendar year, and calls for the dismissal of head coach Alan Pardew have been ringing around St James’ Park every game day.
Having remained in charge over the international break, Pardew is set to face the crowds again this weekend, with Leicester City traveling to the North East, and the coach admitted that the Magpies need to start winning games - as that is what they are paid to do.
“We are paid to win games, not to draw games or be honourable losers, so we need to win and therefore the pressure is very much on me and the team.
“We shouldn’t shirk that.”
His win ratio with the Magpies has fallen below 40% due to a dreadful 2014, and with the chorus of boos that follow him to every game, Pardew revealed that he has been struggling with the current climate at St James’ Park, calling it ‘difficult and stressful’.
“It’s not easy at the moment, there have been easier times,” he continued.
“When you are winning, things can fall into place.
“Where we are right now when you’re fighting for every result, it makes it difficult and stressful.
“We are desperate for a win and I really want to deliver it on Saturday.”
Pardew’s task is set to be even harder this week, with goalkeeper Tim Krul facing a late fitness test, and Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote being rushed back from international duty with their respective countries.