Eddie Howe insists there is ‘growing belief’ that Newcastle will qualify for Champions League this season.
Newcastle are third in the Premier League table as the club chase Champions League qualification for the first time 2002/03, with the Magpies having recovered from a dip in form to record five consecutive Premier League wins.
Newcastle travel to face an in-form Aston Villa side in the Premier League this weekend and Howe believes the club’s winning run has raised belief that the Magpies can secure a top four finish.
“I think there’s a growing belief that we’re getting back to our best form after a difficult period around January time, where we were a little bit frustrated with ourselves in the Premier League,” Howe told his pre-match press conference.
“I think the Wolves win I’ve said was a big, big moment for us, it got us back to winning ways.
“We’ve backed that up with three really tough games over the last week. That was a big test for us mentally and physically, we came through it.
“Now we go into what I see as the last set of games this season, but a big test to come, nothing’s decided and we’ve got it all to prove ”