New Newcastle United signing Andros Townsend has told The Mirror the players understand the serious predicament the club find themselves in.
Steve McClaren's side are in 18th place in the Premier League, and lost 3-0 at Everton in midweek despite the investment poured into the squad by owner Mike Ashley.
The club need to start winning, and have a home game with West Bromwich Albion this weekend, a team who could get pulled deeper into the relegation mire if Newcastle win.
Townsend says he hopes his experience with QPR, a club he spent time at on loan, will help him adjust to battling at the bottom of the table.
QPR were relegated in 2012/13, with Townsend scoring two goals in 12 games, but he says he will be better prepared to avoid a repeat.
He said: "I have experienced it before. I went to QPR and they were bottom of the league at the time. It was unfortunate we didn’t do enough to stay up but I have that experience and I know what it takes."
As well as this weekend against the Baggies, he picks out the clash with rivals Sunderland - in 19th - as a match he is looking forward to.
He adds: "We can pick up points anywhere on our day, but the games that will keep us in the Premier League are the home games against the teams down there around us — West Brom, Sunderland."
Townsend looked like a player finding his feet in midweek against Everton, understandable considering his recent lack of competitive first team action, but Newcastle need him to get up to speed quickly.
Newcastle have won only three of 12 home games this season, and need to improve that record this weekend, and when they host the Black Cats on March 20.