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Woody on Toon plight

Posted on 17 April 2009  - 12:00

Jonathan Woodgate knows exactly what Newcastle are going through at the moment.

Woody on Toon plight

Jonathan Woodgate knows exactly what Newcastle are going through at the moment.

The defender's former club arrive at the Lane on Sunday stuck in the Premier League's relegation zone.

It's a situation we were in right up until the end if February before climbing away and up to ninth with a run of two defeats in 11 games and five wins in the last seven.

"We've done really well to get out of that situation and all credit to the lads for that," Woody told our official matchday programme.

"The new manager came in and has done a great job, we've pushed ourselves up the league and now, as we come into the business end of the season, we are looking to qualify for Europe.

"There is a lot of confidence running through the side and hopefully that will continue.

"After two months of this campaign, I don't think many people would have thought we'd be pushing for a European spot, the main thing then was to simply not get relegated.

"But when you put a run of results together and the league is as tight as it's been this season, that's what can happen.

"That's exactly what Newcastle have to do now. Any team can put a string of consistent performances together including them. They are more than capable of doing that and getting themselves out of trouble.

"Obviously I don't want either of my former teams - Newcastle and Middlesbrough - to go down and I hope they can both climb away from the bottom of the table."

Pick up a programme on Sunday for this full interview - including Woody's thoughts on Alan Shearer taking over at the Toon for the rest of the season.

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