Leon Best fired up to keep Newcastle United flying

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LEON Best has warned Newcastle United’s rivals that they can write the Magpies off at their peril, writes MILES STARFORTH.

Best and his team-mates have confounded expectations by making an unbeaten start to their Premier League campaign.

Newcastle are fourth in the table, a far loftier position than many predicted given the summer exits of experienced trio Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and Jose Enrique.

And Best – who has netted three goals so far this season – is confident the Tynesiders can continue their good form when they resume their league campaign against Tottenham at St James’s Park on Sunday.

“We are showing we can play football, score goals and win games,” said Best.

“We need to keep winning, and 15 points from seven games speaks for itself.”

Best was written off earlier in his St James’s Park career after taking almost a year to open his Newcastle account, yet the 25-year-old finds himself again leading the line for United.

And the former Coventry player’s happy to keep proving his doubters wrong.

“I think, in a way, the critics do help us,” said Best.

“I’ve had critics all my life, and I enjoy proving people wrong. It’s been unbelievable, and we’re delighted (with the start to the season).

“When people say things, it only increases our morale and brings us closer.”

Best’s strike partner, Demba Ba, was on target in Newcastle’s last game, a 2-1 win at Wolves.

“I had shots blocked against Wolves, and I probably could have shot more, but Demba Ba was in better positions and I’ve played him in,” Best added.

“I’d be delighted for him to score as much as myself. If we’re scoring goals, we’re winning games.

“That’s the main thing, if we’re successful individually, we’re going to be successful as a team.

“We play for each other and gain each other’s trust. We believe in each other on and off the pitch.

“The most important thing to do before the international break was to get up to 15 points. We wanted to stay in the top four, and we’ve done that.”