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Posted on 31 March 2006  - 12:00

Ledley King is savouring the fact that every game between now and the end of the season carries such meaning.

Ledley King is savouring the fact that every game between now and the end of the season carries such meaning.

We travel to St James Park to take on Newcastle United on Saturday determined to add another three points to our Premiership account towards the aim of securing European football for next season. Ledley admits that being among the contenders at this stage of the campaign is not familiar territory for him, but he is revelling in the race to the finish.

"It is new for a lot of us, before at this time of year there has been not so much to play for," considered the skipper. "This season is great, every game is important and that pressure is what you play the game for.

"It is enjoyable, every match is big and that's the way you like them. It is getting very tight up there and it is going to be like that for the rest of the season.

"It is going to be nerve racking for a few people - especially the fans - but we believe we have the talent to do it, we have seven games left and we will fight for every point we can get."

The next hurdle to be cleared is Newcastle, a side seeking to end a disappointing sequence of four straight defeats and one that will have to do so without the services of influential midfielder Scott Parker.

Ledley suspects it is misfortune with injuries that has blighted Newcastle's season.

"They have had a disappointing season by their standards. They have got a very good squad, but a lot of injuries have affected their game and they will be laying down the foundations for next season now.

"We've had good results against them in the last few games so we will go there with confidence.

"It will not be easy, they have got a great fan base and the stadium is a big one. We got a great 1-0 win up there last season and, even though a lot of the players here now won't have played then, we beat them 2-0 at home and if we can do that again it would be very pleasing.

"At this stage of the season it is the points that matter for us, we don't want to go up there and play well and lose. We have to go up there to compete and fight for every ball, then hope the quality we have can score goals for us."