Duff determined to avoid drop

Newcastle winger Damien Duff says he is desperate to keep the club in the Premier League this season, so as to avoid experiencing relegation for the second time in his career. The former Chelsea forward was relegated with Blackburn Rovers 10 years ago, and the Irish winger is now fearful of suffering the same fate with the Magpies this season, who are three points adrift of safety with just four games remaining,

"I got relegated with Blackburn,” he told TeamTalk.

“I'm not sure how many of the other lads in the dressing room have, but it's not a nice feeling to have. It was the lowest point of my career.

"I don't want it to happen again, so I will be doing everything I can, and I'm sure the other lads will as well to keep us up."

Newcastle face local rivals Middlesbrough in a crunch relegation battle at St. James' Park on Monday night, with the loser of the clash almost certain to fall through the trap door into the Football League.

And Duff has called on the club's passionate support to get behind the team.

“This game is huge and we are going to need all of the fans right behind us again," he said.

"It doesn't come much bigger for me personally, it's one of the biggest games I have been involved with in my whole career."

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