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We can still be a top four side.

Byline: By Lee Ryder

Nobby Solano insists there is still time for Newcastle United to turn their season around ( starting with tomorrow's match with Arsenal at St James' Park.

But the popular Peruvian has warned United that every one of the first-team squad has to do better if they are going to improve on their current 11th placing in the Premiership table.

Making his backing for his under pressure manager Graeme Souness clear, Solano said today: "Every player has to do much better.

"The manager isn't only responsible for the team. The players have to take responsibility as well.

"He's trying to put the best players in the team. He's a great man, and he just needs a little bit of time.

"Managers are always under pressure at big clubs.

"We as players have to do our jobs as well. This club deserves to be in the top four all the time.

"I know the fans are desperate for success because they know how much he has spent this season.

"They expect us to be close to the top four, but it's not over yet.

"We're not too far away, and I hope we can start to win games and climb the table soon.

"When you don't start well in the Premier League it's hard. We need to make sure we start to pick up points, especially at home.

"But it's not over yet, there's a lot of the season to go. We're only in December and we have time to turn things around.

"We now have a hard game against Arsenal coming up and we need to believe in ourselves. We've got quality players in the team, and we need to prove it."

Solano was disappointed that United did not beat his former team Aston Villa at St James' Park last Saturday, but was pleased that the performance was much better than the one which saw them humiliated in the Carling Cup at Wigan Athletic four days earlier.

He added: "I was disappointed we didn't win the game against Aston Villa, but the attitude of all the team was much better compared to the previous match. It simply wasn't good enough against Wigan. But we know we need to play much better, especially in the last third of the pitch.

"Michael Owen's a big miss because we need somebody to run behind the defenders.

"Everyone knows we're still missing Michael, but we are missing Kieron Dyer as well."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 9, 2005
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