James Perch is adamant that there is not a mentality issue in Newcastle United’s dressing room.

The ex-Nottingham Forest full-back was speaking after the Magpies drew 1-1 against West Brom at the weekend.

He told the Chronicle: “In the changing room afterwards at West Brom we said we would look back in four games time and say this was a good and important point.” 

Perch played the full 90 minutes at the Hawthorns and looks likely to retain his place against Liverpool on Saturday, after helping his side gain a point.

“It takes us into Liverpool with a lot of confidence,” he said. “We have a week to prepare ourselves too.”

With Europa League no longer on the menu for Alan Pardew’s men, the extra time to prepare for games may work to their advantage.

Perch said: “It is hard for the staff to prepare for a Sunday game after you have played on Thursday.

“The lads who have played have a rest on Friday and we come out on Saturday and walk through the shape.”

But the Englishman has no fears about playing seventh-placed Liverpool – suggesting the corresponding fixture last season produced a fantastic atmosphere.

“I think that was the loudest I have ever heard St. James’s with Jose [Enrique] coming back,” he recalled.

Ultimately this season has been a disappointment to fans on Tyneside, with the club sitting only six points above the drop zone.

A win against Brendan Rodgers’ men however would all but quash the possibility of relegation to the Championship.  

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