We're Chasing Top Six - 24/12/2005
Newcastle United defender Robbie Elliott is hoping his side can use the festive period as a catalyst to boost their hopes of breaking into the Premiership's top six - starting at
The trip to Merseyside kicks off the festive campaign, before a home clash with Charlton two days later.
United then move on to Spurs on New Year's Eve before a derby encounter with
The doom and gloom of three consecutive defeats in November has been replaced with optimism after a draw with Aston Villa and impressive wins against Arsenal and at West Ham.
Elliott wants United to capitalise on the faltering form of those above them with sixth-placed
He said: "We are doing OK again and, after picking up two wins in a row, we are feeling confident once more.
"If we can pick up points over the holidays, it would be great because we need to keep things going.
"The league table is looking a lot healthier and we are on the tails of a few in the top six."
Elliott, however, is expecting no easy ride against a team that have failed to concede a Premiership goal since October.
He added: "
Rafa Benitez's side had played five qualifiers before the Premiership's big kick-off and also played in the European Supercup final in
Add to that their Champions League group matches on top of a long jaunt to the
Elliott is hoping to catch the Reds at the right time. He said: "We've travelled together in
"I had my fingers crossed they would beat
"You always want English teams to do well abroad."
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