Rob Elliot insists Newcastle should not accept they are in crisis... yet

The Magpies stopper says the club's situation is "precarious" rather than critical, but is adamant that the players know how serious things are on Tyneside.

Newcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot has told the Mirror that the club are not in a full-blown crisis with 12 games to go in the season, but admitted that every single member of the squad knows how serious the situation could soon get.

The Magpies are third from bottom in the Premier League table but have a game in hand over the majority of their fellow relegation strugglers and are in the drop zone only on goal difference ahead of the midweek fixtures.

Elliot, who has made 17 Premier League appearances since October, establishing himself as Steve McClaren's first-choice stopper in Tim Krul's injury absence, denied that the North East club are already in crisis.

However, he did admit that the players are fully aware of the perilous position they are in, and insisted that there is no complacency at St. James' Park.

The 29-year-old told the Mirror: "Crisis? We are in the bottom three. That is as serious as it gets [but] I would not say it is a crisis. When we played West Ham last year, we had to win to stay up, I'd say that was a crisis.

"With 12 games to go it is precarious. We have to make sure we stay in this league and are not in the bottom three for these 12 games. If you start thinking: “Oh my god, we are in a crisis,” you lose your focus and don't do the right things. You do things you normally wouldn't.

"I don't think crisis is the word, but believe me everyone is well aware of the situation we are in. We are not taking it lightly. I can assure the fans that. No one is sitting here complacently saying we'll be fine. Don't ever say people don't care, because we do."

The Magpies have won just two of their last 10 Premier League matches, a slide which has seen their struggle against relegation become even more intense in recent weeks.

Elliot's side have lost their last six away league matches in a row, and were thrashed 5-1 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last time out.

Newcastle return to action after an 18-day break when they face Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Wednesday.

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