Isaac Hayden has so far kept his place in the side even though Jonjo Shelvey is not available after serving his three-game ban for being sent off in our first game against Spurs last month.
Isaac is a good technical player, but very rarely stands out in a match but he is a talented player at Newcastle and rated highly by Rafa Benitez.
However, Rafa may well bring Shelvey back into the side for the tough home game against Benitez’ former club Liverpool on Sunday afternoon and could partner him with Mikel Merino.
Isaac Hayden – disappointing defeat
We can definitely get the win on Sunday too, if we play somewhere near our best form, and Rafa has a good record of having his team play well after a disappointing performance.
Isaac had this to say today – as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“We’ve scored a fair few from set-pieces, but we’ve conceded from one, it’s cost us the game and that’s disappointing.”
“But it happens. We’ve got the youngest team in the Premier League so far – so we’re always learning and we’re always improving.”
“This was another occasion that we’ll learn from. It was disappointing to lose in the way that we did.”
“That was the most disappointing thing for me, not losing the game, but how we lost it.” “We’ll regroup for Liverpool.”
“It was definitely disappointing,”. “I don’t think anyone played how they wanted to play – it wasn’t the best performance overall.”
“We still created chances – we had 17 shots or something like that – and it’s just about making sure those chances are good chances, rather than weak shots.”
“Both sides weren’t at their best, and it wasn’t a great spectacle, but second half we came out and made it more of an open game.”
“We just didn’t really take advantage of any of our chances, and that was that.”
It would be great to get our 4th win of the season against The Reds and make it 12 points from our first 7 games before the two-week International break – which are always dull times for most fans.
Hayden was a bargain buy for just £2.5M from Arsenal last year and one of the many good buys Rafa has made at the club in the last 18 months.