Points better than games in hand, insists Newcastle’s Andros Townsend

The Magpies are fighting it out with Sunderland and Norwich City for survival

Newcastle United would rather have points on the board than games in hand in the relegation race, Andros Townsend has insisted to the Daily Mail.

The Magpies moved out of the relegation zone for the first time since Rafa Benitez replaced Steve McClaren at the club following a win over Crystal Palace.

They currently sit 17th in the table with 33 points to their names, just one ahead of relegation rivals Sunderland and Norwich City.

Crucially though, both of those teams have a game in hand but Townsend insists that they would rather have the points on the board at this stage.

“You would rather have points on the board than games in hand,” the Daily Mail reports him saying.

“We have got points on the board, we are above the relegation zone, and it is down to the other teams now to pick up points.

“We have done our job, we continue to do our job and hopefully the other teams around us drop points. If we win the next two games and it is not enough, what can we do?”

What could be huge in this relegation race, which looks set to go down to the wire, is that Newcastle are the only ones currently picking up wins.

They have found a way to collect the three points in the last few weeks as things have finally turned around under manager Rafa Benitez.

That is something both Norwich and Sunderland have not managed to find, with the Black Cats in particular not managing to match their performances with wins at present.

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