Eddie Howe sheds light on Newcastle 'reset' and Harvey Barnes moment which ignited Euro charge

Eddie Howe has revealed that Newcastle United "reset" their targets during their warm weather training camp in Dubai.

Having been dumped out of the FA Cup at Manchester City in the quarter-finals, Newcastle found themselves sitting in 10th place in the Premier League ahead of their 4-3 win against West Ham. Remarkably, the Hammers had started that day three points ahead of Howe's team.

And had it not been for Harvey Barnes' sensational 90th minute strike, the narrative of the season could have been very different. That was with 29 games played but fast forward to game 35, and David Moyes' team now can't finish ahead of Newcastle so it has been a stunning turnaround by the Magpies.

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Since Barnes' late choker at St James' Park, West Ham have won just one game in six matches and Newcastle have managed five wins, one draw and a defeat. The Magpies sit third in the form table and it has been some turnaround since March for Howe's team.

After the FA Cup defeat, Howe took his players to the Middle East and journalists were notified that it would be a behind closed doors camp. Howe even told the club's official media team that he would prefer complete focus on training for his players.

Shedding light on some open and honest discussions held in Dubai with his squad, Howe said: "We are determined to give it our all and finish as high as possible. With 10 games to go we had to reset our targets.

"Since the international break, you have seen a general improvement on performances. We need to keep that going for the last three games."

Whatever way you look at it, Newcastle's European fate is now in their own hands going into the last three games and it is the teams below them that can't afford to slip up. Of course, three wins out of the last three games would be just the job for Howe, but they could still get there with less.

Howe offered his outlook to Chronicle Live and said: "I think with three games to go, you just want to give our best. We want to try to play with the energy and intensity.

"We looked really good physically and there was a lot of pace in our team, if you have those qualities you can give any team a difficult afternoon.

"Our away form has been inconsistent so it is really good to see us win on the road. We're in there fighting for those places, it gives us a much better position than before the game. Now we go into a tough three-game week, starting with Brighton."

With European prize pots and Premier League merit payments up for grabs, Howe is determined to end the campaign on a real high.