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Perez: QPR game 'crucial' for Newcastle

Ayoze Perez is targeting victory at QPR to further ease Newcastle's relegation fears after bringing an end to their eight-game losing streak.

The goal Perez scored on Saturday could prove crucial. Credit: PA

The 21-year-old striker snatched a point with his seventh goal of the season to secure a 1-1 draw with West Brom at St James' Park on Saturday, their first point since February 28.

Perez told nufcTV: "It has given us a lot of confidence, but we need to focus on the next game, QPR, and just go after those three important points.

"It's a crucial game, a very important game. We need to go there and get the three points. It's very important."

Coloccini denies fighting on Newcastle team bus

Fabricio Coloccini has denied rumours of fighting on the Newcastle bus. Credit: PA

Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini has denied that players fought on the bus back from their disastrous defeat at Leicester.

The Magpies slipped to within two points of the Premier League relegation zone as a result of their 3-0 reverse at the King Power Stadium last Saturday, prompting a week of blood-letting on Tyneside.

Writing in his programme notes ahead of Saturday afternoon's home clash with West Brom, Coloccini said:

The dressing room after the game was angry at the result and the performance. However, I have read things this week that said there was fighting between the players in the dressing room and on the bus. That is not true at all.

Everything that was said was positive and constructive as everyone is trying their best to push the team back up the league.

– Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini



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