Christian Atsu on cloud nine after first English Premier League goal

Sep 19, 2017, 00:59
Christian Atsu on cloud nine after first English Premier League goal

The players are trying to understand the way we have to play our game.

Ritchie delivered a delightful cross to allow Christian Atsu to open the scoring at the far post, while his corner was later headed home by Jamaal Lascelles to ensure Newcastle claimed all three points.

"We had a lot of chances and it was a great intensity from the boys from the start", Lascelles told Sky Sports.

"There are a lot of positives to take from that game and I feel like we probably should have scored a few more goals than we did". It's a similar squad to a year ago with a few added players who have helped us. We need to keep that and the only way we do that is through grit, determination and hard work.

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"We maybe needed a different mindset of what's required". We're going to get teams that are going to respect the ability we've got and sit back and try and soak up the pressure and we've got to be good enough to break teams down.

"I think we were unlucky to concede today, a shot from outside the box went through a few bodies and we'll definitely look at that and try and fix it".

Benitez's side are fourth in the Premier League table after a run of three successive victories.

"Last week (against Swansea), I managed to get myself into a good area and I was disappointed I didn't score in the first half".

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"He won't be fit for Tuesday, I wouldn't have thought", said Hughes.

Kurt Zouma should also be involved as the French defender will not be eligible to face parent club Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday under the terms of his loan deal.

"We gave him a free header and you can't do that".

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