Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi is feeling a little more comfortable about the Toon staying in the Barclays Premier League after beating Wolves 4-1 on the weekend.

"It was a big game, there was pressure on us, but we've come through it well," Ameobi said.

"Relegation was mentioned, we don't kid ourselves.

“Two years ago we didn't take it as seriously, we thought we'd be fine, even when we slipped into it, even when we were losing games.”


With the experience of being relegated in 2008, and playing a season in the npower Championship, Ameobi believes the Newcastle squad won’t be assuming safety until the season is over, but the win over Wolves eases their fears a little.

"Nobody is safe, we're still not.

“Before the match, from 11th down, all the teams were in touching distance of the bottom three.

“It's great we've come away from this game and we're nearly there,” Ameobi said.

Newcastle currently sit at ninth in table and are now seven points clear of the relegation zone with 39 points in total. Should the Toon have had this amount of points in the Premier League last year, they would have been safe by at least three positions.

But with seven games still to play, the difference between last year and this year’s fight to stay safe in the Premiership shows how difficult it will be for every team in the bottom half of the table to keep out of the drop zone this year.

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