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TESTING TRIP

Posted on 22 December 2006  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe suspects emerging with maximum points from St James Park will be a testing examination that the team are well capable of passing.

Jermain Defoe suspects emerging with maximum points from St James Park will be a testing examination that the team are well capable of passing.It is now just two defeats in our last 20 games following the midweek Carling Cup victory over Southend and the boys are now aiming to make it back-to-back Premiership wins on the road. Newcastle themselves have suffered only two losses - both to Chelsea - in their last ten games and are creeping up the league ladder.

"They are picking up form, they've got a good manager and I was with Glenn at West Ham," said the striker who netted the decisive goal on Wednesday. "It will be a good game, it is never easy going there because they've got a lot of top players, but so have we and we are doing well. The way we are going now, hopefully we can push on further."

"I'm well aware of our current record, we just want to build on it and we are capable of doing that. Everyone is buzzing and we are really looking forward to the Christmas period."

Looking back to the game that saw us progress to the Carling Cup semi-finals, Jermain added that he always believed a goal would come even with the minutes ticking away.

"I didn't fancy penalties! I would have definitely taken one, 100 per cent, but we just wanted to win the game. We knew it would be difficult, they played well, I can't believe they are struggling in the Championship because they are a good side with good players.

"I thought we were professional, stayed patient and I knew we would win the game - I had a feeling.

"We got a break, it was a great ball by Mido and I just happened to be in the right place at the right time."