Tiote: Newcastle can aim higher

Sunday's 1-0 win over Aston Villa was the Magpies' first victory in five Premier League games and the midfielder wants to use it as a springboard for finishing above eighth
Newcastle midfielder Cheikh Tiote believes that his side can continue to climb the Premier League table and get closer to a European place.

The Magpies secured a first win in five league games against Aston Villa on Sunday courtesy of Loic Remy's stoppage-time goal, the result moving them into eighth place.

While Alan Pardew's men are currently 10 points behind fifth-placed Tottenham, victory for Manchester City over Sunderland in Sunday's Capital One Cup final would likely see sixth place promise qualification to the Europa League.

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Manchester United occupy that spot, with Newcastle just five points away, and Tiote has called on his team-mates to push on with 11 games of the season to go in order to finish as high as possible.

"Every game is important," the Ivorian told the press.

"We are in a good position but, if we win each game, we have a chance to finish in a better position.

"It's going to be hard but we need to believe and try to win every game. We have to try to do that.

"We've got more confidence now. We hadn't won for a few games. We didn't play as a team and we conceded too many goals. We take that to the next game."

Newcastle travel to Hull City on Saturday, having failed to beat the Yorkshire club since October 1997.