Date: 1st November 2008 at 4:25pm
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The first team squad are looking forward to facing Newcastle on Monday, and are confident of taking all 3 points.

Speaking on the official site, Luke Young and Brad Friedel have talked about the clash, how it will be a hard game at St James’ and how the atmosphere will be more like you expect from Newcastle given their recent run of form.

Luke said:

‘When their fans are right behind their side it’s very, very loud and when they are playing well, it’s a real cauldron. I am looking forward to it.

‘You can use that noise to inspire you. You recognise it’s a massive game and it gets you up for it.

‘Regardless of whether the crowd are behind you or against you, the atmosphere makes you appreciate the importance of the game.

‘It’s a massive game for us. Then again, every game is important and the manager makes us aware of that every time we play.

‘We’re away from home on Monday and then Thursday in Prague. It’s a tough schedule but we’re looking forward to it.’

Friedel took the opportunity to talk about signs of improvement from Newcastle, but he still believes we are catching them at a low ebb and with our confidence should have more than enough to see them off.

‘They had a good win against West Brom and a draw at Everton will also have lifted them.

‘It will be a difficult game, no doubt. They have some really good players.

‘As a club, they have gone through a bad time. They are probably just starting to claw their way out of it. But I hope we’ll still be catching them at a down time.

‘We are very confident at the moment because we have performed very well on the road.

‘But we go into every game with belief. Saying that, having belief and confidence doesn’t mean you are going to win a football match. You have to prove yourself in every game.’