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Andy Key targets 'six-to-eight' wins for Leeds Carnegie

Andy Key
Key's Leeds last won a league game in April

Leeds director of rugby Andy Key has targeted between six and eight wins to keep the club in the Premiership.

Leeds head to Newcastle on Boxing Day rooted to the bottom of the table and without a win in the league.

"Even the team that wins the league is likely to lose seven-to-nine games with the way the league is working this year," Key told BBC Radio Leeds.

"So for us to finish the season having won six, seven, eight games that would keep us in the Premiership."

Leeds recorded seven wins last season as they finished 10th in the Premiership.

But 12 months ago Carnegie had already claimed a draw and win in the league and then backed that up with a 16-15 victory at Newcastle on 27 December 2009.

This time around, Leeds head to Kingston Park with nine straight league defeats behind them and just three losing bonus points to their name.

Newcastle away, is followed by a New Years' Day clash with Gloucester at Headingley and then a trip to Bath.

Key explained: "They are the important games at the moment, because they are the next three.

"We are targeting at least 10 points from the next three games. If we can do that we will be hugely pleased.

"We know we need to get our first win the Premiership.

"Our mental state when we went to Newcastle last season was outstanding. Our win there proved what we were prepared to do to stay in the league and how desperate we were to do that.

"Some people have questioned if we still have that same mental strength, fight and passion but we do.

"I can assure you that internally every single member of the management and playing squad have nothing else than 100% commitment, desire and belief that this side can perform, perform at the highest level and be a real threat going forward.

Despite Newcastle and Leeds occupying the bottom two places in the Premiership, with the Falcons on 10 points and Carnegie on three, Key feels billing the Kingston Park clash as a relegation decider is inaccurate.

"Lots of people said that last season when we hosted Bath at the start of the year.

"We were bottom and Bath were second bottom and everyone said whoever lost that match would be relegated.

"Well Bath finished fourth and we finished 10th and could have finished ninth.

"There'll be 12 games left after Newcastle and for us anything can happen in the rest of the season."



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