Leon Best fired up to keep Magpies flying high

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LEON Best says Newcastle United are fourth in the Premier League by rights – and are determined to stay there for as long as possible.

Best and his team-mates entertain Tottenham at St James’s Park on Sunday looking to extend a nine-game league and cup unbeaten run.

While few expect Alan Pardew’s side to claim a Champions League place, there’s a growing belief on Tyneside that Newcastle could challenge for a Europa League place.

Best, for his part, isn’t getting carried away by the Magpies’ start to the campaign.

But the ex-Coventry striker – who has netted three goals so far this season – doesn’t think the club’s success has happened by chance.

And the 25-year-old is glad to see the supporters are buying into what’s happening on the pitch, despite their frustration at the failure to sign a No.9 in the summer.

“The fans can see what we’re doing at the moment,” said Best.

“Some fans weren’t happy about a striker not coming in, and players not being brought in. Regardless of that, we’re still winning. People talk about the players we’ve lost, or the players who haven’t come in, but we’re pulling off an unexpected story at the minute.

“It’s not luck what’s happening. We’re enjoying every minute of being in the top four side, and obviously we want to continue it.”

Newcastle beat Wolves 2-1 in their last game.

“The manager always says to us ‘set yourself up for the next game’, and we did it at Wolves,” added Best, who wasn’t involved in the Republic of Ireland’s two Euro 2012 qualifiers during the international break.

“It’s perfectly poised against Spurs. We can go in with confidence against Tottenham at home. We’ll have the 12th man with us – I can’t wait.”