Newcastle United need positivity - keeper Steve Harper

Steve Harper
Harper has kept six clean sheets for Newcastle this season

Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper has called for positivity ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Magpies are without a win in two matches, following the 4-0 defeat by Stoke City on 19 March, and are just four points off the relegation zone.

"Negativity spreads like wildfire at this club," Harper told BBC Newcastle.

"It's important people stay positive, we need fans, players, staff to get behind us on Saturday."

The 36-year-old added: "We know Stoke wasn't good enough, and we need a response on Saturday.

"It will be a tough game, we've done a lot of preparation work, and we know Wolves will come at us.

"The fans have seen what they can do, and hopefully we can get them roaring behind us."

Despite sitting 11th in the table after 30 games, the close proximity of teams around them means they have yet to mathematically seal their safety.

"We're very conscious of it, we've been here before, not just two years ago but three years ago, we were in this situation and finished very strongly, whereas two years ago it sort of crept up on us," Harper said.

"We're aware of what a strong finish can do, and what a disappointing finish can do.

"There's a lot of people who have experienced both ends of the spectrum in the dressing room, and they're letting everybody know not to start to looking ahead of fixtures and beyond Saturday.

"Nothing matters other than Saturday, it's an old cliché but it's very much to the fore in everybody's mind."

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