Newcastle boss Alan Pardew encouraged by 4-2 win over Southampton
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew believes they are moving in the right direction following their 4-2 win over Southampton.
Last Updated: 25/02/13 4:14pm
The Magpies have struggled to match the exploits of last season that saw them finish fifth in the Premier League and earn a place in the Europa League.
But they have been boosted by an influx of new players in the January transfer window and, despite the loss of top striker Demba Ba to Chelsea, Pardew is targeting a strong end to the season.
"Thirty points with 10, 11 (games) to go, whatever it is, we are in a good position now and we can attack the top 10," he said.
"If we finish like Everton did last year, we can take it into the year after.
"We have got long contracts with all these players, we haven't got a Demba Ba situation and suddenly, things look a lot clearer and we have got the fantastic excitement of the Europa League."
Ba may have left St James' Park, but his fellow Senegal international Papiss Cisse has scored eight goals this campaign, including a stunning strike in the victory over Southampton.
"It's the top one this year," he said of the goal. "I haven't scored too many goals this year. It's difficult for me sometimes, but I try all the time.
"Last year, it was too easy - I shot and it was a goal - but this year, I don't know, it's a little bit more difficult. But I try - maybe it's coming."
Cisse himself insists he does not care who scores the goals, as long as the team pulls clear of the relegation zone and advances up the table.
"I just want to get points, win each match and get as many points as we can to get out of a difficult situation," he added.
"My objective is to get points. Whoever scores, whether it be me, whether it be someone else, all we want is for the team to get points and to move up the league.
"Yesterday the manager told everyone, 'If you win tomorrow, you have 30 points and it's very good for the team'. All the players had that in their minds."