By Matt Farr
Newcastle favourite Micky Quinn has urged his former club to start winning ugly if they are to beat their rivals to promotion this season.
The Magpies are currently top of the Championship with eight games remaining, but face arguably the toughest challenge of their season in the coming weeks.
They have endured a minor blip of late, which has seen them take just two points from their last three league outings, but Quinn insists that every point will be invaluable between now and the end of the campaign.
In his column for the Chronicle, Quinn urged the Newcastle squad to put points ahead of performances, and urged the fans to stay positive.
He wrote: “Stop looking at the Birmingham result (0-0) as a negative, but instead see how positive it was given the context of Brighton and Huddersfield’s defeats.
“In the end, Newcastle actually extended their lead even though they couldn’t win. And that can only be a good thing.
“Performances don’t matter now. It’s just about picking up points and seeing this through until the end. I couldn’t care less how the Magpies play between now and the end of the season, as long as they secure promotion and win the league.”
Newcastle’s end of season run-in sees them go up against at least three promotion rivals – Leeds, Sheffield Wednesday and Preston.
They resume their promotion campaign at home to relegation candidates Wigan on April 1, following the international break, where they could move four points clear of Brighton.
But they will also be buoyed by the fact that they won seven of their eight meetings with their remaining opponents earlier in the season, dropping points only to Sheffield Wednesday.
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