Allardyce belief in Milner

Newcastle boss backing winger to improve further

Milner: High hopes

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Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce is backing James Milner to go from strength to strength as he continues to play in the Premier League.

The 21-year-old was the star player in the Magpie's last outing when they left it late to see off Birmingham.

His makeshift partnership with emergency left-back Charles N'Zogbia has proved a bonus for Allardyce and he is confident that their success can continue as they head to Fulham on Saturday.

Allardyce said: "James is a hugely experienced Premier League player now at 21 - and he can only get better from here.

Energy

"Energy is massive in the Premier League today - and with the energy and experienced quality he has got, he really caused most of the problems for Birmingham.

"Charles N'Zogbia linking up with him was a very strong partnership from our point of view, in terms of creating a lot of opportunities."

Allardyce will hope for more of the same as Newcastle attempt to secure their first away win since the opening day of the season at Bolton.

Milner has started 13 games for the Magpie's so far this season scoring two goals and is confident that the side can turn their fortunes around.

Confident

"We've got a few winnable games coming up," Milner told the Evening Chronicle.

"We started the season very well at home, and had a bit of a blip.

"It was about turning it around, and last week's performances have been a lot better against Arsenal and Birmingham.

"We didn't get what we deserved from the last two performances, but against Birmingham we got the result we wanted.

"Hopefully we can kick on from now as the performances have improved, starting at Fulham. We don't want to waste our good work."