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Andros Townsend has already spotted Newcastle United's problem

Newcastle United are currently stuck in 19th place in the Premier League table.

Andros Townsend has admitted in the Chronicle that Newcastle United’s problem this season has been their lack of fight.

The Magpies have badly underperformed this term, and they are currently stuck down in 19th place in the Premier League table.

Newcastle’s squad is regarded as the strongest of any of the relegation threatened sides, but their failure to battle for much of the campaign has proven costly.

The Tynesiders have been guilty of showing a lack of desire in a host of matches this season, but they seem to have found their battling qualities in recent weeks.

Newcastle have fought back from behind to claim valuable points against Sunderland and Liverpool, while they have also claimed a 3-0 victory over Swansea City at St. James’ Park.

And Townsend said: “I’ve said the same the last two or three games, it’s been our problem.

“Our quality’s not been our problem this season, it’s maybe been the fight and determination and willingness to run, tackle and head the ball.

“In the past two or three weeks, we’ve shown that in abundance.

“Hopefully, this can be a turning point and we can get the points we need.”

Newcastle came from two goals down to claim a point at Anfield against Liverpool in their most recent outing.

That draw has boosted their chances of surviving, but they still have some work to do if they are to get out of the relegation zone.

The Magpies are one point adrift of safety as things stand, with matches against Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur left to play.

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