Newcastle's Daryl Janmaat pleased with recent run, senses opportunity to extend it

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Newcastle have managed to take seven points out of their last three games in order to ease their fears of relegation a little.

Newcastle United defender Daryl Janmaat feels the side are currently on a good run of form, and have a good opportunity to extend that when they entertain Everton on Boxing Day at St James's Park.

The Magpies have managed to turn a dire situation into a much brighter one having taken seven points out of their last three games, though there is a tinge of disappointment at not taking all three points against bottom of the table side Aston Villa.

However, wins over Liverpool and Tottenham have helped them climb out of the relegation zone, two points clear of the drop and Janmaat seems happy with the return from the side from the last three games.

He is quoted in The Chronicle, saying: “It’s a nice game to look forward to.It’s still a good run (that Newcastle are on).

“Last week against Spurs we would have taken a point and against Villa a win, so if you turn them around then it looks better.

“It’s important (to be out of the bottom three), certainly. We must try to build on that now and try to climb up the table.”

On Boxing Day Newcastle will come up against one of the league's most in-form strikers in Romelu Lukaku but they also face a side that doesn't have the best record in terms of keeping clean sheets - having only managed one shut-out from their last 10 league fixtures. 

Therefore, Newcastle can be optimistic at getting a good result against the Toffees, especially after halting the momentum of Liverpool and then managing to become only the second side to get the better of Tottenham in the Premier League this season.

Consistently good performances is what Steve McClaren has been crying out for and he will be hoping his side can put in another good one against Everton, and again when they travel to West Bromwich Albion before the New Year.

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