Newcastle attack coach Dave Walder believes this weekend’s showdown with London Welsh is a “must win” game as they look to climb the standings.
In pre-season many predicted this clash to be significant in the battle to avoid relegation, as they did not expect such a gap in the table.
The Falcons, who are playing well, are currently fifteen points ahead of a London Welsh side that has yet to win a game in the Premiership.
But for Walder he is concentrating on looking up rather than down the standings as Newcastle hope to gain some ground on those above them.
“It’s a must win game on Sunday, performances have improved but results haven’t and we’re very keen that we get back into that winning habit as soon as possible. We will be preparing to try and make sure that happens on Sunday,” he told the Falcons website ahead of the home game.
“We’ve been more clinical in recent weeks and have been finishing more of the chances we have created by sticking to our processes. For Sunday, we have been working on a game plan that we hope is going to give us a good chance to take the game to them.”
Having won 23-3 at the Kassam Stadium in October, Newcastle should enter confident. However, Walder believes Welsh have improved since that fixture.
“Welsh have made a few signings since the season has gone on and they are a completely different side to the one we played down at the Kassam at the start of the season but for me, Sunday is more about keeping in touch with the guys higher up the table and giving ourselves the chance to finish the season as high up in the table as possible,” he added.
“If us winning does anything to London Welsh, being brutally honest, that’s not my concern. Gloucester are nine points ahead of us, so we can’t afford to lose any more ground to them and that is what we’re focusing on for this game.”