Fernandez says Newcastle should not get complacent after recent results

Newcastle United centre-back Federico Fernandez has said that the Magpies should not get complacent after notching up back-to-back victories in the English top-flight. The Tyneside outfit have been hugely impressive since their return from the international break and they have amassed seven points from the last three games and that includes a hard-fought 2-2 draw against holders Manchester City.

Owing to this, they have propelled to 22 points after 16 games and they hold a seven-point advantage over Southampton, who are occupying the first of the relegation spots. Despite this, Fernandez has said that the team should not get carried away by the results, considering they could have a bad patch with the frequency of games in the coming weeks.

He told: “We’re working really hard and at the moment we are enjoying this situation. We’ve had a lot of games now and football can change quickly. The team is playing well in most of the games. We’re working hard and playing off each other. It’s a good position but we are trying to build on it and see where we can finish.”

The Magpies were fancied to have a relegation battle on the hands after the departure of manager Rafa Benitez which coincided with the exits of Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon. However, that has not been the case and manager Steve Bruce has managed to keep them clear of the danger zone with points against the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, and Manchester United.

As a result, they don’t have any concerns over relegation but they can’t look far ahead with the regular fixtures during the festive period. Newcastle have winnable games against Burnley and Crystal Palace to come and they should fancy their chances against the former on the road. The Clarets have failed to pick up a point over the past three matches.