Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Values of Boss Rub off on the Players

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Values of Boss Rub off on the Players

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Byline: Chris Waugh @CHRISDHWAUGH

RAFA Benitez's "core values" have rubbed off on the entire Newcastle United squad and that has been key to their promising Premier League start, insists Isaac Hayden.

The Magpies have collected 10 points from their opening seven matches back in the top flight, scoring seven goals and conceding just six times.

United's defensive discipline and ability to stay compact has made them extremely difficult to break down, while against Liverpool they showed immense character to fight back from a goal down to secure a point.

Hayden believes the mentality of the squad is serving them well - and that such character traits have transferred directly from Benitez to his squad.

"That attitude stems right from the manager," the 22-year-old midfielder explained.

"His core values are to not lose games and he's drummed into us that has to be the starting point for whatever we're doing.

"He's always telling us: 'Don't put yourself out of games - always give yourself a chance to win. …

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