Newcastle must beat Cardiff, admits midfielder Anita
Newcastle United central midfielder Vurnon Anita has said that their next Premier League game, away to Cardiff City on Saturday, is a must-win fixture for his side, Sky Sports has reported.
The Magpies have made an inconsistent start to the campaign and currently sit 16th in the Premier League, after defeat to Everton on Monday, their third reverse in six games, having also lost to Manchester City and Hull City. Despite that, victory at Goodison Park would have meant five wins from six in all competitions.
Their summer was dominated by a lack of transfer activity, with striker Loic Remy on a season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers their only arrival, while Joe Kinnear controversially returned to the club as director of football. The future of manager Alan Pardew has also been the subject of continued speculation.
Newcastle travel to South Wales in the final game before the international break, and Anita, who has been a semi-regular in the side since moving from Ajax last summer, says that they must find a positive result.
He said: “The table looks worrying now, I admit. It's a must-win game. It's like a Champions League game for us because it's so important. We must give it our all because you can't underestimate anyone in this division.
“We must recover and show the real Newcastle, the team of the second half at Everton - not the first half. We want to win and to do that, we must improve.”
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