Shola Ameobi: "We've got a small squad and we're at our bare bones at the moment.
"That's not an excuse for anything that's gone on before because we've got players to play every game but over this period we've really been stretched.
"Hopefully the new signings will come in to give us that bit of urgency and everything that we've got to do and hopefully that can give us a lift.
"We've got a few injuries coming back as well - we've got big, big players out so hopefully they could be coming back in the next few weeks and really help us kick on."
Source: Newcastle United Mad