Newcastle striker prepares for do or die match

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Newcastle striker Leon Best has told his team mates to control the game plan and not allow Stoke to intimidate the Magpies ahead of their weekend clash.

“It will be very difficult. It's a tough place to go, as you've seen because even the top teams struggle there," Best told the club's official website.

Stoke are unbeaten at home in 2011, and have often been accused of relying on set pieces to secure wins. The Potters haven't scored a league goal from open play since January 4.


"They've got their game plan perfect to suit them, and we've just got to stick to our game plan and hopefully come off better,” Best said.

"When you get down and play against them then you've got a good chance. You can't afford to give them set pieces, throw-ins and things like that, and that's what we will aim to do.

"We want to play football, keep it on the field rather than giving away fouls, throw-ins and corners."

Newcastle have won just one of their past 11 league and Cup games, their only win coming in mid-February against Birmingham.

While they currently sit mid-table, the Toon are only five points above the drop zone and desperately need to take some points from their last eight games to survive in the Premiership. Best is confident of his form going into the clash, after coming back from an ankle injury.

“I'm going into every game now full of confidence," he told the official website.

"I've watched a few of my recent games back and I can see I'm getting a lot of chances. I just need to keep scoring in as few chances as I can."

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