Angry Siem De Jong calls on Newcastle to seize a Premier League win
Newcastle 2-3 Swansea
Siem de Jong has challenged Newcastle to turn their faltering season around by ending Leicester's remarkable surge towards the Barclays Premier League finishing line.
The 26-year-old Holland international scored within 14 minutes of coming off the bench after almost eight months on the sidelines, but could not prevent the Magpies from slipping to a 3-2 home defeat at the hands of Swansea on Saturday.
It was their seventh successive reverse, an unwanted club record in the Premier League era.
But perhaps more significantly, it left John Carver's side just five points clear of the relegation zone with just four games remaining, the next one at Leicester, who climbed out of the drop zone with a fourth win on the bounce on the same afternoon.
De Jong told nufcTV: "It's a really important one. We just need the points and it doesn't matter against who, but if you lose against Leicester, of course the teams below you come closer.
"We know how important it is and hopefully we can turn it around next week."
De Jong was introduced as a 74th-minute replacement for Remy Cabella, his first senior appearance since August following his recovery from a thigh injury and surgery to repair a collapsed lung, and gave the home side hope of salvation when he fired home from Jack Colback's pass two minutes from time.
However, on what proved to be another stormy afternoon at St James' Park, it proved too little, too late after the Magpies squandered an early lead given to them by Ayoze Perez.
Nelson Oliveira levelled in first-half injury-time and he put the visitors in front five minutes after the restart before Jack Cork's third 19 minutes from time meant De Jong's effort counted for little.
There was anger directed too at Carver, and social media platforms were buzzing on Saturday night amid claims he engaged in a four-letter exchange with fans who confronted him and invited one to see him after the game.
A Newcastle spokesman later insisted that Carver categorically denied using foul or abusive language, but did offer a supporter the opportunity to hear him explain what he was doing with the team following the final whistle.