Newcastle United head coach John Carver has told The Chronicle that his side need four more points to secure Premier League safety.
The Magpies are currently 14th in the league table with 35 points from 34 matches, just five points above the relegation zone.
Newcastle will take on Leicester City away from home at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, before facing West Bromwich Albion (home), Queens Park Rangers (away) and West Ham United (home).
Carver believes that if Newcastle can collect four points from their final four fixtures, then they will retain their Premier League status for next season.
“We’re in a scrap and a fight and we are, and the players know that,” the Englishman told The Chronicle.
“I said that two weeks ago. If they want to retain their Premier League status we’ve got to do something about it. We need four points.”
Where will the points come from?
Newcastle are on a run of seven successive defeats in the Premier League, and given their current form, one should not be surprised if they lose their final four matches.
The performance of the players has been disappointing to say the least, as the Magpies have struggled both in attack and at the back.
The key will be the match against Leicester. If the Magpies get even a point, then it will increase their confidence and set them up nicely for the home game against West Brom.
If Newcastle lose on Saturday and results elsewhere go against them, then they will be in deep trouble.
The matches against QPR and West Ham are winnable, but heading into the final fixtures after losing nine in a row is far from ideal.