Newcastle midfielder, Isaac Hayden, has today said EXACTLY what Newcastle fans want to hear in an interview with The Shields Gazette.
Newcastle look set to be boosted by the return of the 22 year-old for Saturday’s visit of Wigan Athletic.
The combative midfielder has been missed by The Magpies, who’ve won just 4 of the 9 games played in his absence – who last appeared in the home victory against Derby County on February 4th.
In an interview with The Shields Gazette today, Hayden’s words will be music to the ears of Newcastle United fans.
Speaking about the team’s recent struggles at St.James’ Park, Isaac said:
“All season we haven’t been as good at home as we have been away which is obviously something we want to change for the last few games.
“I think we just need to be on the front foot a little bit more, take the game to teams a little bit earlier, and the quicker we can get the goals, the quicker the games are over.”
The second statement from Isaac hit the nail on the head for me. Newcastle are top of the league, play in front of a packed out St. James’ Park and have the best squad in the league. We must take the game to visiting sides from the off, not sit back and drain all confidence our away wins have built.
Sitting back, as we did against Fulham, only serves to ramp up anxiety and frustration amongst supporters, as well as giving confidence and belief to the opposition players and fans.
We must attack both Wigan and Burton, being two struggling sides who are set to visit St.James’ Park over the next week.
Hayden also went on to discuss Newcastle’s ambitions going into the final 8 games:
“I’m not looking at second; I don’t think anyone is.
“We just want to make sure that we win the title. We’ve got enough good players, the right staff, a top manager; the platform’s there, we’re top of the league and it’s all to play for.
“As players we’ve got to be able to handle the pressure.”
It is great to see Isaac speak sense and voice exactly what so many Newcastle fans have been thinking – his return to the squad on Saturday will be a welcome sight.
He appears to be in a bullish and confident mood, saying all the right things as we head into a crucial month of the season.
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