Siem de Jong claims Newcastle must do this to return to winning ways

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The Magpies striker says the club needs to go back to basics in order to nick a victory and get the ball rolling again in their battle against the drop.

Newcastle United striker Siem de Jong has told the club's official website that they must go back to basics in order to return to winning ways and get the ball rolling once again in their battle against relegation.

The Magpies lost 3-1 at Southampton at the weekend to remain six points adrift of safety with just six matches remaining before the end of the season, with Andros Townsend's second-half strike ultimately serving as a mere consolation.

That was the eighth defeat in the last 10 matches for Rafael Benitez's side, and the Tynesiders have now won just two league games in 16 since 13 December.

With time now desperately running out and some difficult fixtures on the horizon in the next few weeks, De Jong knows it is imperative that the club return to winning ways against Swansea City at St. James' Park next weekend.

The Dutch forward told the club's website that they must return to basics and get a win under their belts even if they do not play well if they are to stand a chance of building any momentum.

De Jong said: "You have more confidence when you win games, everybody knows that, and now is maybe not the time to do what you do when you have confidence.

"Maybe we should play a bit more simple, keep it easy and work to at least not concede a goal in the first half. Then sometimes in the second half, you just need one chance.

"Confidence is a thing you gain by winning games. I think you need to win one first without playing really good football and then the confidence should grow. We don't have a lot of games left so we need to start real quick if we want to do anything."

After they host the Swans next weekend, the Magpies face Manchester City, Liverpool, and Tottenham Hotspur as three of their final games with the likelihood that they would have to beat at least one of those opponents to secure safety.

However they do it and no matter what the performance, Newcastle must beat Francesco Guidolin's side in front of their own fans and hope other results go their way in order to close the gap and give themselves hope of overtaking both Sunderland and Norwich City before the run-in is over.

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