Daryl Janmaat believes Newcastle can continue climbing the Premier League table after shrugging off their frustrating 1-1 draw against Aston Villa on Saturday.
Though they may have let the lead slip against basement-boys Villa, the Magpies remain unbeaten in three games, having claimed seven points from those Premier League outings.
More importantly for Steve McClaren’s men, they remain outside of the relegation zone – although Janmaat insists they must keep battling for every point as the race for survival heats up.
On Boxing Day, the Magpies host 10th-place Everton at St James’ Park – and Dutch international right-back Janmaat sees the game as an “opportunity”.
When asked if United still had momentum after drawing 1-1 with the Villans, Janmaat told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle: “I think so. Next Saturday we have a good opportunity to beat Everton and get another three points.
“It’s a nice game to look forwardstill a good run (that Newcastle are on).
“Last week against Spurs we would have taken a point and against Villa a win, so if you turn them around then it looks better.
“It’s important (to be out of the bottom three), certainly. We must try to build on that now and try to climb up the table.”
Unlike the Eredivisie, Janmaat believes the quality of the Premier League means that any win is invaluable.
Villa may be bottom of the table with just seven points – 10 shy of Newcastle – but they remain a difficult side to beat, believes Janmaat.
He added: “I think every team in this league can get a win every week.
“Every win is a big thing in the Premier League, it’s not easy to win in this country.
“Just look at this weekend’s results with Manchester United losing at home to Norwich, and some other strange results, so it’s never easy to win a game in the Premier League.”