Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has stressed that his side cannot succumb to relegation from the Premier League this season.

Speaking to the club’s official website following Saints’ 3-0 away defeat at Newcastle on Saturday, Hojbjerg discussed the importance of the remaining eight league fixtures.

Every game right now is crucial, with eight league games to go, they are all finals. The last many games were finals too and we haven’t got the results we wanted.

The young midfielder was handed a rare start at St James’ Park but was unable to help the team avoid embarrassment once again, as Newcastle ran riot at St James’ Park.

A brace from Kenedy in the first-half and a long-distance effort from Matt Ritchie after the interval were enough to help Rafa Benitez’s side secure a comfortable win, piling the pressure on Saints.

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We will do everything we can; I have said it before that the club cannot go down, we have to stay up. We have to be in the Premier League because that is what we are but the reality speaks for itself and we can’t hide.

Mauricio Pellegrino’s side have won just five Premier League games all season and are currently sat in 17th place on the table. They do not face a top flight clash until the end of the month, when they face fellow strugglers West Ham away from home.

First, though, Saints will take on Wigan Athletic in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup – a match that Hojbjerg will undoubtedly be eager to feature in.

We can’t get around it. There is nothing for it, we have to show the desire to survive and anything less won’t be enough.