Newcastle stars to stage seasonal farewell at St James' Park with Euro fate to be decided on road

Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe says that his players will be keen to pay a big thank you to home fans and season ticket holders after the Brighton game.

Just 12 months ago, a 0-0 draw against Leicester City was the cue to spark celebrations for a return to Europe's top table after a gap of 20 years. But this time, regardless of the final score, Newcastle will have to wait to toast any qualification to either the Europa League or Europa Conference League.

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One thing for sure and that is if Newcastle do make it into Europe they will have done so because of their home form with 39 points amassed so far on Tyneside compared to just 17 away from St James' Park. Howe is keen to bank home win number 13 against the Seagulls.

Howe said: "We have loved playing at home this season. I have been really pleased with how we have performed at home. We have a good feel, a good energy and we've been very aggressive in our play. We are thankful for the support we have received from the fans - the crowd have embraced our style. It's been a good partnership between the crowd and the players."

Toon players will make their way around the hallowed turf after the game and Howe will invite families of the players to take part in the lap of appreciation.

Howe, who can guide his team to equalling a 70-year record of scoring in every home game, said: "Records are nice but I am not investing any team seeking them.

"It is just about winning games, we want goals and to play well but the most important thing is winning games in an effective way. If we can achieve any we will be pleased but it's not our motivation."

Newcastle's fate may not be decided until the final game of the season or even potentially after the FA Cup final depending on Manchester United's outcome against Man City and their final position.