Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has reckons his side can avoid relegation from the Premier League despite a 2-1 defeat to Tottenham.
Losing at White Hart Lane in Saturday’s early kick off sees them sitting just six points away from the relegation zone in 15th position.
But Pardew believes his January transfer dealings have given the club a huge boost to get as they look to fire themselves away from the lower reaches of the top flight.
“I’m genuinely optimistic about the team. I look at the run-in we’ve got and Man City is going to be as tough as this, if not tougher.
“But the other games - you’d like to think we’re going to get plenty of points out of them with that team. That’s not a bad team that.”
But Pardew admitted he was concerned about the fitness of Yoan Gouffran, who was stretchered from the pitch after an innocuous looking challenge with Kyle Walker.
“He’s gone away for an x-ray and we’ll have to wait and see,” he added.
“It’s not ligaments or cartilage. It’s going to be bone damage if anything.”