‘We deserve to be where we are’ – Dan Burn and Sean Longstaff confident Newcastle can carry on sparkling form and finish in top four as well as winning first domestic trophy since FA Cup in 1955

    Newcastle stars Dan Burn and Sean Longstaff are confident the club can carry on their stunning form and deliver a first domestic trophy since 1955.

    The Magpies currently sit third in the Premier League table after winning five consecutive top-flight matches going into the World Cup break.

    Versatile defender Burn has been a key player for Newcastle since arriving in January

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    Versatile defender Burn has been a key player for Newcastle since arriving in January

    Longstaff has been a mainstay in midfield under Eddie Howe this season

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    Longstaff has been a mainstay in midfield under Eddie Howe this season

    Incredibly, Eddie Howe‘s side – who were in a relegation battle this time last year – have lost just once in the league.

    That came against Liverpool when Fabio Carvalho scored a controversial last-minute winner at the end of August.

    Newcastle, who haven’t won a major domestic trophy since they won the FA Cup in 1955, are also in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup after beating Bournemouth midweek.

    They will face Boxing Day opponents Leicester – which is EXCLUSIVELY live on talkSPORT – for a spot in the semi-finals.

    Speaking ahead of their clash against the Foxes, Magpies pair Burn and Longstaff spoke to talkSPORT’s Jim White to discuss their season so far and their hopes for the rest of the campaign.

    Take a look below at what the two Geordie lads had to say.

    Howe’s side currently sit third in the Premier League table

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    Howe’s side currently sit third in the Premier League table

    On World Cup coming at the wrong time

    Burn: “I think if you asked a majority of the lads, we would have probably just wanted to crack straight on and play through because we had a lot of momentum.

    “But it was nice to have a break with the family and to spend it with my kids.”

    Longstaff: “I think it’s a little bit of both, we had a couple of bumps and bruises and had some important players out as well.

    “So it’s given them a chance to get back fit and having them back is only going to strengthen our team and squad and I think the more bodies we have available to pick from will help us in the long run.”

    On Newcastle’s ruthlessness in front of goal before the break

    Burn: “I think it’s a different mentality that we’ve got this season. I think last season we were just solely focussed on staying up by whatever means.

    “But this season the philosophy has changed a little bit, the way we are playing, winning becomes a bit of a habit as well – just like losing does.

    “But it’s positive at the minute, we’re going into games believing that we’re the better team and that we’re going to pick up the points.”

    Burn is confident that Newcastle can contunie their form into the second half of the season

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    Burn is confident that Newcastle can contunie their form into the second half of the season

    Have Newcastle forgotten how to lose?

    Longstaff: “To be honest, I think we’ve done – well especially me – enough losing in the last couple of years!

    “I think it’s just one of them where we’re just trying to forget about what’s happened in the past, but also don’t take for granted winning, because we know how difficult it is – especially in the Premier League.

    “Every game is so tough, and we’ve been fortunate enough that we’ve been putting results together and we’ve got the players and squad to hopefully sustain it.

    “I think going into the next set of games we want to carry on from where we left off and hopefully we can do that.”

    How much does a thriving Newcastle mean to the city?

    Burn: “It’s everything. I think it’s the heartbeat of the city, when I speak to people, when I’ve played with them at other clubs, they don’t realise how important the club is to the city.

    “Everyone works all week just to go and watch the match on the Saturday, and I think it’s a really positive place to be around at the minute.

    “Not just as players and staff, but when we speak to people, when we’re out and around the city, just how much love they’ve got for us.

    “How happy they are since everything has happened with the takeover, it’s a happy place to be.”

    The Magpies booked their place in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals midweek

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    The Magpies booked their place in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals midweek

    On the pride of wearing the Newcastle shirt

    Longstaff: “I think for me, I’ve got family members who are season ticket holders and have gone to the games for the last 15-20 years, the fact that I can now be one of the players that represents them is really special.

    “I think being from here, people from outside the place don’t realise how passionate the place is until you’re actually part of it, or you’ve grown up in it.

    “It doesn’t hit you as quite the same as being from here, we’re both in such a privileged position and we’re not taking it for granted, we just want to keep winning and keep making the people happy that we’re playing for.”

    Burn: “When you’re growing up, you fall in love with football, I did anyway coming to watch when Sir Bobby [Robson] was manager.

    “And just knowing that you can take that onto the field, I find myself, I wouldn’t say emotional as in upset in games, I think that everything means that little bit more.

    “Especially in the home games, playing in front of the home crowd and I probably do need to learn to control my emotions a little bit better sometimes!

    “But I think it’s just the passion that you feel, that you’re representing your family and friends and everyone you know that is a Newcastle fan.”

    Longstaff came through the academy at St James’ Park

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    Longstaff came through the academy at St James’ Park

    On Newcastle being outside title contenders

    Burn: “The questions are getting tougher and tougher! I feel like I dodge questions like this a lot, because you don’t want to jinx it.

    “I think title contenders is pushing it, but I think the mentality that we’ve been attacking this season with, we’re third for a reason.

    “A lot of hard work has went into it from everyone at the club, the staff and the players, the attitude that the lads come in with every day and the way that we train, we fully deserve to be in the position that we are.

    “So if we can take that break and work on things that haven’t been going so well and attack the second half of the season in exactly the same way, there’s no reason why not that we can’t finish in the position we are now.”

    On Newcastle finishing in the top six after making a £1,000 charity bet with Simon Jordan that they would

    Burn: “We’ll do that or we will send you £500 each!”

    Longstaff: “He can send you £700, I’ll send you £300!

    “We’ve never been as well equipped to make a proper push at something, the signings we’ve made have been really, really good, and that’s going back to last season when we brought in Burn and [Kieran] Trippier.

    “When you bring in real quality like that and then you add to it with a Bruno [Guimaraes] and Sven [Botmas] and Alex [Isak] in the summer.

    “I think we’re slowly improving the squad and with the manager making the players that were already here even better, I think we’ve got so much momentum and we just want to keep it and hopefully get your bet done for you.”

    Longstaff has appeared in all 15 of Newcastle’s top-flight matches this term

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    Longstaff has appeared in all 15 of Newcastle’s top-flight matches this term

    Are Newcastle ready to finally win a domestic trophy?

    Burn: “Yeah. I think we’ve been ready for 50 years. Just for the fans I think, we’ve got to a few finals in the late 1990s and for a fanbase to keep supporting the team the way that they do when there’s been not as much silverware as there should have been, I think is testament to them.

    “We just want to give back, and I think there’s been a real change in mentality this season about the cups, I’ve played at clubs before where it’s been secondary, you’re just concentrating on staying in the league or get a better league position.

    “But we’ve got a real mentality this year that every game we go into, we’re going to win it and attack, and that includes the cup games.

    “It’s amazing to be in the [Carabao Cup] quarter-final.”

    Is there a big journey ahead for Newcastle after the takeover?

    Longstaff: “Yeah, I think the journey will be massive, we’re just at the start of it and trying to build the foundation for future success.

    “There’s no doubt what the owners are putting in place behind the scenes what not everyone sees.

    “They’re getting ready for a sustained period of success, and I think me and the other lads are just trying to be a part of it for as long as possible really!

    “There’s no doubt with what they’re doing, I think especially in the future, the club is going to be massive, and as a player it’s going to be great to come back in however many years and see where the club is.

    “And that’s really, really exciting for the fans.”

    Burn: “I think it’s all areas of the club as well, I know we’ve made improvements with the lads that we’ve brought in.

    “But I think the club as a whole, it’s all starting to be upgraded and to the level where we aspire to be at.

    “When I first came in, [club directors] Amanda [Staveley] and Mehrdad [Ghodoussi] were at the training ground every day, very hands on which I haven’t seen a lot of owners do, and big credit needs to go to them.”

    Newcastle haven’t lost a top-flight match since the end of August

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    Newcastle haven’t lost a top-flight match since the end of August

    Ready to go against Leicester on Boxing Day?

    Burn: “Yeah definitely. As I’ve said, we’ve took this time off to look at the first half of the season and the things we’ve done well and the things that we need to improve on.

    “We’re putting them into practice, the Bournemouth game has probably set us up well to have a go at this game on Boxing Day.

    “Leicester had a good result midweek and they’ll be up for it, but we just want to carry on and build up the momentum again.”

    Longstaff: “It’s another big game, every game is going to be tough, Leicester are a good side, they’re in good form, we’re both right up there in terms of form before the league finished.

    “I think it’s going to be a tough game I know they’ve got good quality, but we now go into games knowing that teams are going to be really weary of us and what we can do to them.

    “It’s going to be a tough game, but one we are looking forward to and hopefully keep the momentum.”

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