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Newcastle's Janmaat will be captain soon and defender already saying right things

As Newcastle United sink deeper and deeper into a mire of losing, poor performances, red cards from captains and excuses from its manager, there is one player who continues to say the right things and put in solid efforts week after week. If only Newcastle could have a few more Daryl Janmaats on the pitch, the club would be on the edge of European qualification instead of the precipice of relegation zone.

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Newcastle have five matches remaining to get the necessary points to achieve a Premiership status for another season.

While NUFC manager John Carver blames supporters for the team's most recent loss, the club's lone shinning transfer signing of this season is saying the right things.

"There are five games left and we must win one. I believe we can do it. We can't just say it -- we have to do it now," NUFC left back Daryl Janmaat said in a Chronicle story this week. "Now is the moment. (Other clubs near us) are winning games, so we have to stop talking and go out and do it."

Newcastle plays a second-straight league home match Saturday against Swansea. This match is critical because of what
it represents if the team loses again. A seventh-loss in a row would break the club record it set last year and tied last week.

"Everybody is disappointed at the moment -- the supporters and we are as players," Janmaat said. "The only thing that helps is everybody coming together to get those three points."

While Janmaat believes a win will be enough, Carver is aiming for four points. The interim manager still is holding out hope that he will receive the job permanently following the season and will probably need more than just one win to help his cause.

If Newcastle is to grab all three points Saturday at St. James Park, it will come against a Swansea team that has proven a difficult nut for the Magpies to crack. The last time NUFC defeated Swansea was 2012, helped by two terrific goals from a very in-form striker Papiss Cisse.

He is suspended at the moment, and even with Siem De Jong's imminent return to the lineup, it will be a difficult ask for Newcastle to get all three points.

No one knows that more than Carver.

"They're a side that will try and keep the ball and so we'll have to be patient at times, but I've got to come up with a winning formula and get the three points," Carver said.