Schar 'I Knew When I Hit It!'

Fabian Schar has urged Newcastle to maintain their momentum to ease across the finishing line in the race for Premier League survival as soon as possible.

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The Magpies won in the league for the fourth successive home game on Tuesday evening when they beat Burnley 2-0, three days after Huddersfield had succumbed by the same score at St James' Park.

Those victories had eased the club seven points clear of the relegation zone by the time the final whistle sounded, and while there was satisfaction on Tyneside, minds quickly turned to Saturday's trip to West Ham and the prospect of more.

Schar said: "We knew before how massive the two home games would be, especially playing against two teams more or less in the same position in the table.

"We wanted to get the points and we have shown in the last few weeks that we can perform. I am happy about that.

"Hopefully we can keep working like this and we have another game this week, so we are looking for more points."

If Rafael Benitez's men had cruised to victory over 10-man Huddersfield at the weekend, they had to work much harder for the points against a Burnley side which boasted an eight-game unbeaten run before kick-off.

Schar's superb strike, which left in-form goalkeeper Tom Heaton clutching at thin air, was his third since he joined the club in a £3m summer switch from Deportivo la Coruna, and he revealed he had high hopes as soon as the ball left his boot.

The 27-year-old Switzerland international said: "Actually when you hit a ball, you can feel if it's a good one or not.

"You never know. Sometimes if the ball is too far to the right it hits the post and goes out, but you know if you have hit it and the luck is with you. It was a special goal for me."