Newcastle United’s Daryl Janmaat says home games will be key to next season’s success

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Daryl Janmaat wants Newcastle United to improve their home form next season.

Newcastle United defender Daryl Janmaat has told the club’s official website that winning home matches will be a key factor in the team’s success next season.

The Magpies narrowly avoided relegation from the Premier League at the end of the 2014-15 campaign.

The team struggled for points and for positive performances under John Carver, who has now been replaced as the first-team head coach by former Nottingham Forest and Derby County manager Steve McClaren.

Of their 19 league games at St. James’ Park in 2014-15, Newcastle won seven, drew five and lost seven, picking up 26 points in the process. The Magpies scored 26 goals at home and conceded 27.

Right-back Janmaat has now said that Newcastle need to improve their home form next season.

“We have to make St. James' Park a place that is not nice for opponents to come,” the Netherlands international told Newcastle’s official website.

“It is such a fantastic stadium but by winning more games at home the atmosphere will get better and that will help everybody.”

Top-10 finish possible?

Newcastle should be looking for a top-10 finish in the Premier League in the upcoming 2015-16 campaign.

McClaren knows the Premier League inside out, and he will be expected to aim high for the Magpies.

Breaking into the top 10 will not be easy, but if they win games at home on a regular basis, then they will certainly have a good chance of doing so.

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