Winger Jamal Campbell-Ryce told #themag that he is working hard to get back to his best, following a recent dip in form.
Campbell-Ryce is the first to admit that his performances have not been up to the standard of those delivered in the early part of the campaign.
Against Bournemouth last weekend, the former Bristol City man put in a much-improved display and he now hopes to be able to build upon that showing as he looks to help the Magpies build up some momentum for the new season in the remaining three games.
He told the club’s official matchbook: “I’ve had a dip in form this last month or so and nobody’s more disappointed than myself.
“The manager and the coaching staff have shown faith in me by continuing to play me, because they know what quality I’ve got, and they’ve just kept telling me to plug at it.
“It’s a long season, there’s fatigue and just not playing well. It happens to the best of players and I’ve seen Lionel Messi and Ronaldo have bad games.
“You see the best strikers going 10 and 15 games without a goal. All you can do is keep training hard and hope that your class will prevail.
“It’s just about countering that and trying to get back to good form. You can’t think or work too hard on getting out of it, because you can dig yourself further into it.
“You’ve got to relax and just try to enjoy your football. Form is temporary and class is permanent.”
You can check out the full interview with Jamal in this weekend’s edition of #themag, which is available for just £3.
The 30-year-old also covers his international aims, his desire to change the way young players are developed and how missing out on the Play-Offs has made him more determined to succeed in 2013.14.
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