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Janmaat wants strong Newcastle finish

Newcastle defender Daryl Janmaat is refusing to write off the club's season.

The Magpies slipped into the bottom half of the Barclays Premier League table as a result of Saturday's 2-1 home defeat by Southampton, their seventh in nine games in all competitions.

Daryl Janmaat is feeling positive. Credit: PA

"We have to try to reach as high as possible. For certain, we are looking to finish in the top half of the table. That's our main aim now," Janmaat said.

"We have Siem to come back and other good players. It's nice to know. They can make us stronger."

Gutierrez longs for Newcastle comeback

Jonas Gutierrez admits a return to first-team football with Newcastle after overcoming cancer would trump all his other achievements in the game.

The 31-year-old winger was diagnosed with testicular cancer 15 months ago but, having made a full recovery and featured on several occasions for Newcastle's under-21 team, he is dreaming of a day he thought he would never come - a return to St James' Park.

And if that happens, the feeling would surpass even his selection for the 2010 World Cup, where he made three appearances for Argentina under coach Diego Maradona.

"I have played in a World Cup but if I play again for Newcastle then that will be the best moment of my career," Gutierrez told multiple national newspapers.

"To get back after the cancer and chemotherapy, to put all that behind me, would be a huge moment. I feel really good. Maybe in two weeks I will be at 100 per cent."


Newcastle suffer fourth successive derby defeat

Adam Johnson's late winner condemned Newcastle United to a fourth successive derby defeat for the first time in their history as Sunderland earned a deserved 1-0 victory.

Sunderland's Adam Johnson celebrates after scoring a late winner. Credit: PA Wire

Johnson struck in the 90th minute following a pacy counter-attack to give the Black Cats only their third win of the season.

The away side created the better chances over the game with Steven Fletcher striking the crossbar and Connor Wickham, Jordi Gomez and Johnson all missing good opportunities to open the scoring.

The victory moves Sunderland up to 14th, four points below Newcastle who remain 9th.

Ex Newcastle star Asprilla subjected to death threats

Faustino Asprilla says a criminal gang came to his home and threatened to kill him and his family in an extortion plot.

The former Newcastle striker has now left his home town, Tulua, out of fear, following the incident on Tuesday.

Faustino Asprilla is said to have fled his home town. Credit: PA

"They told me to contact their chief because if I didn't they would kill my family and me," Asprilla was quoted by the El Tiempo newspaper as saying.

"Today is one of the saddest days of my life. I had to leave my own land, Tulua, as a victim of extortion by a group of anti-socials," he said on his own website.

"My family was threatened in front of me, my father, my sisters. Helpless and hurting, I took the decision for the safety of my loved ones to leave Tulua.

"I dedicated my life to representing my country abroad, to bringing joy to my Colombian people, when I could finally rest, to recover the time lost with my (family), I'm forced to leave by the back door of my own town."


Peter Lovenkrands retires from playing

Former Newcastle and Glasgow Rangers striker Peter Lovenkrands has announced his retirement from playing football.

The 34 year-old last played for Birmingham City in the Championship, where he scored one goal in 15 games.

He won the Scottish Premier League twice and the Scottish Cup three times with Rangers, and helped Newcastle to the Championship title in 2009.

Newcastle midfielder returns after two years out

Ryan Taylor is set to return to action after more than two years out injured, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has confirmed.

The midfielder was first struck down with a serious knee injury in August 2012. A return in April 2013 was ruined by a similar problem that ruled him out once.

Ryan Taylor has missed two years of football. Credit: PA

After recently completing 90 minutes for the club's under-21 side, Taylor is in contention to be in the squad for the Spurs game on Sunday.

Pardew said: "Ryan should return this week. It's an inspirational story. I'm so pleased to put his name on the sheet to travel."

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