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Harper: Magpies can take flight again at Swans

Steve Harper has challenged his Newcastle team-mates to return to winning ways when they travel to the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea tomorrow.

The 34-year-old keeper had his net breached on three occasions for the first time this season in a 3-0 defeat by Derby in midweek, as the Magpies surrendered top spot in the Championship to West Brom.

"We were on a very good unbeaten run but that doesn't just carry on because you're up there at the top -- you have to earn it and work for it," Harper said.

The Swans moved up to fifth in the table with a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace on Tuesday night, ending a 90-year winless run at Selhurst Park and extending their unbeaten league sequence to eight matches.

Another of the Magpies' promotion rivals, Nottingham Forest, travel to the Keepmoat Stadium to face Doncaster.

Forest lasted until January without a league defeat on their travels this season, before losing 1-0 in successive away matches to Derby and Coventry.

Elsewhere, fellow top-six candidates Leicester and Sheffield United host Scunthorpe and Bristol City respectively, and bottom club Peterborough go in search of their first away win of the league season as they play Middlesbrough.


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