DAN Gosling finally enjoying a run in Newcastle United’s team – but the midfielder’s still not happy.
Gosling has started the club’s last four Premier League games.
The 24-year-old – whose four-year career at United has been interrupted by injury – has never previously had a run in the team.
But Gosling, set to keep his place for tomorrow’s home game against relegation-threatened Cardiff City, can take no satisfaction from the past few weeks, with Newcastle having lost a club-record six successive games.
That dismal run has led to more calls for manager Alan Pardew to be sacked.
And Pardew has claimed the game is as significant for United as it is for basement club Cardiff.
“I’m obviously happy to be in the team, but really we need to start picking up points – and quickly,” Gosling said.
“We need win win on Saturday – make no mistake about it.
“Cardiff have to win as well. It’s a cup final for both teams.”
Ninth-placed Newcastle, beaten 3-0 by Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night, need a win to guarantee a top-half finish, with Stoke City and Crystal Palace within striking distance.
“We have to finish in the top half of the table,” said the former England Under-21 international.
“It’s been a really disappointing few months.
“Hopefully we can get a result at the weekend.”
Fans again chanted against Pardew during the Arsenal game, but Gosling insists the players remain behind the 52-year-old, the Premier League’s second-longest serving manager.
“The fans are entitled to their opinion, but the players are all behind the manager,” said Gosling, signed from Everton in the summer of 2010.
“The gameplan (against Arsenal) was good, but unfortunately we were undone by a set-piece.
“We need to tighten up on those.”
Gosling is expected to leave United in the summer when his contract expires.