Rafael Benitez is quite confident Newcastle can survive relegation, as the season winds down.
Newcastle are six points from safety, with six matches to go after losing 3-2 to Norwich.
The magpies still have to play Manchester City and a crucial trip to Liverpool.
However, Benitez remains optimistic his side can survive the drop, starting with an away game against Southampton on Saturday.
“I had confidence we could do better in terms of points,” the Spanish coach said. “It is fair to say I expected to win one of those three games.
“When I came, I was doing numbers but afterwards I said, ‘Forget about the numbers because it is on each game and we cannot control what those teams around us do’.
“In terms of performance, Leicester [City] was a good game which could have been a draw and the reaction of the team against both Sunderland and Norwich was very positive.
“I am very competitive, more than optimistic. And I am realistic and I can see the problem but still, I can see the solutions. Everybody will say: ‘Oh, Newcastle will be relegated’ – that is normal when you see the table.
“At the same time, I can see the players changing in training. My concern would be if I saw them giving up and I don’t see that.
“I can see a lot of them working so hard so I still believe we can change this situation.”