Former Premier League striker Dean Ashton believes Newcastle United should be fine navigating away from the relegation zone, and praised the impact of Allan Saint-Maximin.

It was a huge moment for the Magpies last weekend, with victory over Burnley coming after Fulham had lost to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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Allan Saint-Maximin (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

It means there is now a gap of six points between the two teams in the table – and Newcastle have a game in hand.

It was big thanks to Saint-Maximin that Newcastle were able to come from behind and take all three points against the Clarets.

And Ashton reckons the Frenchman, along with teammate Callum Wilson, has the quality to guide Steve Bruce’s side away from danger.

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Allan Saint-Maximin (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

He said on TalkSPORT’s Gameday podcast: “His whole performance was everything that has been lacking from a Newcastle team in the last couple of months.

“If Steve Bruce had a fit Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson throughout this period then he wouldn’t have had those results. He just simply wouldn’t have.

 

“These players of that importance for these sides – yes, he should have got a hell of a lot more out of the players he has had – make that much of a difference that without them Newcastle would have gone down.

“Now they will be fine.”

Nothing is done yet

While last weekend’s results were indeed significant, the season is far from over.

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Steve Bruce (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Newcastle should have enough quality to pull away from trouble, but a number of tricky fixtures remain.

Toon fans would like to hope game-changers like Saint-Maximin and Wilson will step up, but the defence, which has been a lot weaker this season, has the potential to make life uncomfortable.

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