Karl Darlow claims Newcastle's home performances have been better because of the fans

The Magpies claimed their first victory in eight games in their previous encounter so will be looking for a similar performance on Tuesday.

Karl Darlow has claimed that the support Newcastle United's players get at St James' Park is a key reason why their performances at home have been more impressive than their efforts on the road, the Chronicle reports.

Five of the Magpies' seven wins in the Premier League this term have come in front of their own fans, including the emphatic 3-0 win over Swansea City on Saturday which handed their survival hopes a significant boost.

And the goalkeeper has suggested that the crowd getting behind the team is what has made them much stronger at home than when they are on their travels.

"They've been behind us all season. We know we have had a lot of disappointing performances but at home our form hasn't been too bad and a lot of that has been to do with them," he told the Chronicle.

"The support here is amazing. It's a ridiculous stadium in terms of size and teams come here and need to fear us at home."

While Rafael Benitez's men were able to get a positive result against the Swans at the weekend, they will need the fans to be at their very best on Tuesday as they host Manchester City. 

Manuel Pellegrini's men have endured a mixed season but were scintillating away at Chelsea at the weekend, so will fancy their chances of picking up a third consecutive victory on the road.

And with the Citizens' spot in the top four yet to be confirmed, Newcastle will surely need all the support they can get if they hope to take another step towards safety.

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