Captain Michael Owen admits the prospect of Newcastle dropping out of the Barclays Premier League is unthinkable.
The 29-year-old England striker is due to return from injury at Hull on Saturday, determined to play his part in a successful survival fight.
He told the Newcastle-based Journal: "We have always been flitting around three or four places off the bottom. But it's only since we lost to Manchester United and results went against us that we have found ourselves in real trouble. We have to realise we are responsible for getting results above anything else."
He added: "There is a determination to put it right. I don't feel we are in the last-chance saloon yet, but it is getting damn important we start picking up points and fast.
"That responsibility filters through to the players - from the fans, the staff at the club. Everyone's backs are against the wall now, and nobody wants to see Newcastle United not playing in the Premier League next season."
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