21 year-old Issac Hayden gas been a very good signing for Newcastle when we picked him up from Arsenal for a low £2.5M fee and he has already made 8 appearances for Newcastle this season.
Isaac was on loan at Hull City for all of last season so he knows just exactly what it’s like in the Championship and he has warned a number of times that it is tough league with its 46 games.
Issac Hayden in action on Saturday
So he has tried to put the bad defeat on Saturday against Wolves into some positive perspective as he’s been interviewed in the Chronicle today:
“We were never going to walk the league.” “That’s one thing that people need to understand. The league isn’t easy.”
“We have had a few very good results on the bounce but trust me that’s not easy in this league to produce.”
“Last year with Hull was like a roller-coaster.” “It was a loss here and a loss there, against teams you wouldn’t have thought you should be losing to.”
“Nothing is done yet, we just have to listen to the manager and what he’s saying on the training pitch.” “We have to do our best and learn from him and do what he asks us to do.”
“It wasn’t our day against Wolves, but there will be days like this and days like QPR.”
“As fans, players and staff we have to take that and learn from it – then make sure there aren’t too many days like this.”
“Wolves is what it is, a typical Championship game.”
“We knew after they lost 4-0 last week they wouldn’t want to concede and they will be a bit more defensive which they were.”
“It was difficult to break them down.” “They were quite resolute in defence and both teams had a few opportunities in the first half, it was quite evenly matched.”
“Obviously, the goal wasn’t what we wanted or looked to achieve.” “It was all about a reaction after going 1-0 down but they defended deeper and deeper.”
“They didn’t really do anything apart from the counter attack and smashing it long.”
“It was one of those games when maybe we need to be a bit more calm in possession after going a goal down.”
“Maybe, we need to plot a better route through them than panicking.”
“It’s a loss but it’s now about the reaction and we have another game against them on Tuesday night, we go again.”
“Any time you lose you always want to react in the right way.” “It is about regrouping and not panicking.”
“We have to just take stock of what happened, taking the positives and learning from the negatives.”
“We want to improve for the next game.”
For one so young Isaac shows a lot of maturity there – and of course he has an excellent attitude and just wants to improve as a player.
Rafa has his press conference at 1:00 pm today so we’ll find out how things have gone in training since Saturday’s disappointment.
Hopefully the lads can put on an improved show in the EFL Cup tomorrow night to get the win.