Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

We Must Stick to Our Guns ( Jenas

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

We Must Stick to Our Guns ( Jenas

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Byline: By Luke Edwards

Jermaine Jenas has warned Newcastle United they must not be tempted to sacrifice their principles as they struggle to close the gap on the Champions League contenders.

United's stand-in skipper emerged from another disappointed home dressing room at the weekend after the 1-1 draw with a battling Everton side, the fourth successive home game without a win.

The result leaves Newcastle ten points behind the Toffeemen and a sizeable seven adrift of fourth-placed Manchester United.

But Jenas has refused to change his cast-iron conviction that Newcastle have the ability to return to European football's premier competition, as long as they do not allow the fact their results have not matched the performances to drain confidence.

"There were a few people in the dressing room who felt a bit sick after that game and you can understand why because we dominated it," explained the young midfielder, who was again in commanding form on Sunday.

"We don't want to keep throwing away leads and we need to work on that and cut it out, but the Champions League is still the target.

"Yes, drawing against Everton was a hiccup, but we are causing teams problems and we got a point.

"It is difficult because we are playing well but we have to keep plugging away. The players' confidence is very high and I think things will even themselves out over the course of the season."

There are undoubtedly a few worried people, both inside and outside of St James's Park, given United's league position.

Newcastle are currently behind the likes of Manchester City, Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers in the pursuit of European football and face the unwanted prospect of a trip to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Nevertheless, some of Newcastle's recent football has been as good as any they mustered during their return to the upper echelons of the English game under Sir Bobby Robson. …

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