Allardyce delighted with Newcastle fitness

Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce believes his new fitness regime is starting to pay dividends following his side's two late victories.

The Magpies have recorded back-to-back Premier League victories at Birmingham and Fulham courtesy of injury-time winners from Habib Beye and Joey Barton respectively.

"The players are looking like they are getting to the top end of their match fitness and that's very important going into the Christmas period," Allardyce told the club's official website.

"That's very pleasing because we have now won two late games in a row.

"Fulham was a very difficult place to go but because we have prevented them from scoring we always had a chance to win the game.

"Now we have to get all of our players back fit and get them up to the level of the rest of the lads because we'll need everyone on board next month when we are losing four players to the African Nations Cup."

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