Newcastle United have struggled in recent weeks, although they have had some key decisions go against them.
Newcastle United's DeAndre Yedlin in action
Magpies full-back DeAndre Yedlin spoke to the Chronicle ahead of his side's huge clash with Preston North-End on Monday night, and highlighted the importance of putting in hard work on the training ground, if he and his teammates are to arrest their alarming dip in form.
Newcastle currently sit in second position in the Championship table, with a six point lead over third placed Reading, and a further one point advantage over fourth placed Huddersfield Town, although the Terriers do have a game in hand on Rafa Benitez' side.
And the 23-year-old United States international, who has only recently returned from injury, explained how he and his teammates are still positive heading into the final three games, with their destiny in their own hands, as quoted by the Chronicle:
Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez celebrates with DeAndre Yedlin
"The positive thing is it’s in our own hands but anything can happen. We need to be prepared, we need to come out ready from the get-go and get all three points. I don’t think we have fear but I’m not exactly sure where this blip has come from. We need to figure it out quickly and we will do that on the training field with the manager. Every game in the Championship is a tough game, so we’re prepared for Preston. Hopefully we can get the result we need out of this one.”
Yedlin then went on to provide an update on his condition following his return to action last week, after spending six weeks on the sidelines:
"I can get sharper but fitness-wise I feel pretty good. It’s been frustrating being sidelined because you always want to be playing, but now I’m back and I will do everything I can to help the team reach our goal.”
Whatever happens, six points from the Toon's final three games would secure them their place inside the top two, and with two home matches included in those fixtures, they have every chance of doing just that.
Newcastle United's Deandre Yedlin in action