Newcastle United’s Leon Best urges team-mates not to play Stoke City’s game

Striker looking to continue good form

Newcastle United striker Leon Best has urged his team-mates not to get absorbed into Stoke City's style of play, as they prepare to face them on Saturday.

The Potters have made the Britannia Stadium a fortress in recent years with their trademark bustling style, and the 24-year-old forward is keen to not play into their hands.

“It will be very difficult. It's a tough place to go, as you've seen because even the top teams struggle there," Best told the club's official website.

"They've got their game plan perfect to suit them, and we've just got to stick to our game plan and hopefully come off better.

"When you get down and play against them then you've got a good chance. You can't afford to give them set pieces, throw-ins and things like that, and that's what we will aim to do.

"We want to play football, keep it on the field rather than giving away fouls, throw-ins and corners."

The former Coventry City striker has been in good form in recent weeks and has now scored six goals in the league this season since returning from an ankle injury.

“I'm going into every game now full of confidence," he said.

"I've watched a few of my recent games back and I can see I'm getting a lot of chances. I just need to keep scoring in as few chances as I can."

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