Ayoze Perez wants repeat of recent performances to keep Newcastle in the Premier League

Newcastle have been on a good recent run that has taken them out of the drop zone.

Newcastle United forward Ayoze Perez has said the side needs to do the same thing as in recent games in their final two fixtures if they are to remain in the Premier League.

Rafa Benitez's side are currently on a good run, having picked up eight points from their last four games - which has seen them beat Swansea City and Crystal Palace at home as well as earning commendable points against Manchester City and Liverpool.

As a result, Newcastle have moved a point clear of the relegation zone having played a game less than their relegation rivals Sunderland, and Norwich City - who are a further point adrift.

Perez was talking to the Chronicle about the recent win over Palace, saying: “It was a great feeling but we really needed it. It was a big chance for us and we took it.

“We’re still in the fight and outside of the relegation zone and we still have two games to win. It is a good feeling to be unbeaten. That was important for us but we must do the same in the last two games.

“It’s going to be hard to stay in the fight but we can do it.”

The next game for Newcastle is certainly a winnable one as they travel to already doomed Aston Villa - and Perez has warned that it doesn't necessarily mean all three points are readily available for Newcastle to collect having experienced a similar scenario against Queens Park Rangers last season - where QPR won 2-1.

However, if the last few games are anything to go by, Benitez will not be taking anything for granted and will want his team to remain solid and not be complacent, even if they are facing a side that has lost each of its last 11 league games.

If they manage to pick up a win there, then it will put the pressure on their rivals to get positive results both this weekend, and from their games in hand. Newcastle will be hoping to be at least in pole position to survive by the time they face Tottenham Hotspur on the final day of the season.

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