Brad Friedel has warned relegation threatened Newcastle that Aston Villa will not roll over and gift them three points in Sunday's Premier League clash at Villa Park.
Newcastle need a positive result to keep alive their hopes of remaining in the top flight.
But keeper Friedel insists Villa will be aiming to put their recent poor form behind them in the race to secure fifth place and edge out Everton.
Friedel told Talk Sport: "Our form has been a bit disappointing recently. But we are still fighting for a fifth-place finish and that might not bode well for Newcastle as we definitely have something to play for.
"After finishing in sixth place last season we do want to do better this season.
"I know we've already qualified for the Europa League but we are professionals and we do want to do the best we can all the time and we do want to secure that fifth spot."