Isaac Hayden says that Newcastle United will learn from their season-opening Championship defeat – and come back stronger.
Rafa Benitez’s edgy and nervous side were beaten 1-0 by Fulham at Craven Cottage on Friday night.
Defensive midfielder Hayden, signed from Arsenal this summer, was the pick in Newcastle’s side along with winger Matt Ritchie, who should have won a first-half penalty and had two second-half shots stopped.
Newcastle must look to quickly put the defeat behind them when they take on Huddersfield Town at St James’s Park on Saturday, thugh the Terriers will head north in good spirits after an opening win over Brentford.
“Obviously, it was a disappointing result,” said Hayden.
“We know Fulham were a decent side and they passed the ball quite well, but, apart from their headed goal, I didn’t really think they created too much.
“It’s disappointing to concede from a set-piece, but you have to learn from it and we have to go again as a team.
“We’re a team, and it’s about learning from this and improving into the next game.
“It’s the first game of 46 games – we’re not going to be 100% as a unit (yet), and we’ll keep getting better.
“There’s a lot of new signings who’ve arrived in the squad, and obviously we need to get everyone playing the right chord.
“It’s the first game, and we wanted to play well, but it hasn’t worked out.
“It’s not like we didn’t create chances. We had a decent few chances to score, and it was disappointing that we didn’t take any.
“But we gave it our all, it just wasn’t meant to be in this game.”
Hayden spent last season in the Championship with Hull City, who won promotion through The play-offs.
And the experience has taught the 21-year-old just how unpredictable the division can be over the course of a 46-game season.
“There are 45 games left,” said Hayden. “Last season, there were ups, downs, rollercoasters – every little thing you can think of.
“So there’s going to be losses, there’s going to be draws, but at the end of the day it’s about how we react as squad, as a club.
“It’s about how we react for the next game. We’ve got two home games in the league so we have to capitalise on those.”
On his own display, the England Under-20 international added: “The more game time I get, the better I’ll become.”