Ayoze Perez says struggling Newcastle United MUST beat Sheffield Wednesday – and kick-start their campaign.
Steve McClaren’s side are without a win in the Premier League so far this season.
And Newcastle are level on points with basement club Sunderland with six games played after Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Watford.
United are in third-round Capital One Cup tie action at St James’s Park on Wednesday night.
It is a game Perez feels the club simply has to win.
“It wasn’t good enough,” said Perez, recalled to the starting XI against Watford. “I think the second half was a bit better, but it’s not good enough.
“We have to just stick together. We have to win the next game. It doesn’t matter how, we have to keep going and keep working and stick together.
“We have to train harder to find a way to get points.”
Head coach McClaren has problems at both ends of the pitch, but goalscoring is a particular concern.
Asked why the team was struggling in front of goal, Perez said: “Every game we have many crosses, but we don’t score enough goals.
“We have everything we have to improve. It’s not good enough.
“It’s difficult (as a forward), but you know your mates are trying to get you the ball. Sometimes the things don’t happen as you want, but we need to stick together and try to improve.”
The cup tie is followed by league fixtures against Chelsea and Manchester City.
Perez said: “We have to prepare to beat them.”
Wednesday, whose team includes former Sunderland keeper Keiran Westwood, claimed a 3-2 Championship win over Fulham on Saturday.