Chelsea loss not due to fear, says Newcastle United’s Andros Townsend

The Magpies were beaten 5-1 by Guus Hiddink's side on Saturday evening.

Newcastle United’s loss to Chelsea was not down to fear in the Magpies squad, Andros Townsend has told BBC Sport.

Steve McClaren’s side were on the end of a humiliating 5-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening, as they conceded three goals inside the opening 17 minutes.

That was the latest disappointing defeat for them on the road, having won just twice on the road in the Premier League this season.

And Townsend has insisted that the squad did not go to London scared, and believes there is enough quality in the squad to avoid relegation this season.

"It's nothing in the dressing room, the lads are not coming here scared," Townsend told BBC Sport.

"We came here full of confidence - we felt we were good enough to get a point but on the day we were nowhere near.”

"We've got the players in the dressing room to get us out of this situation. I've no doubt in my mind that eventually we will get it right, things will start clicking and the results will start coming."

The Magpies will certainly have to improve their away form drastically if they are to avoid relegation this season.

It seems unlikely they will be able to do so though, with trips to Stoke, Leicester City, Southampton and Liverpool all to come in the remaining 12 games this season.

Instead they would be better focusing their away games at fellow strugglers Norwich City and Aston Villa, with those games having the potential to be crucial to their hopes of avoiding relegation this season.

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