Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

League Might Have Changed but Hunger Remains; Hayden: RETAINING MENTAL STRENGTH OF LAST SEASON HAS BEEN KEY

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

League Might Have Changed but Hunger Remains; Hayden: RETAINING MENTAL STRENGTH OF LAST SEASON HAS BEEN KEY

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Byline: ANDREW MUSGROVE Sport writer andrew.musgrove@trinitymirror.com @ADMUSGROVE

ISAAC Hayden believes Newcastle United's never-say-die attitude has set the team up nicely for the season but is refusing to get carried away with their impressive start to the campaign.

The 22-year-old believes the work ethic instilled in the side during last season's Championship title success has been carried through into this campaign.

That mentality has paid dividends again this season as shown when United grabbed a late winner in the 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

"We found that the whole of last season," Hayden said about playing to the end for the win. "There were games where people thought we would win, and we didn't. Football changes all the time. You have games like Southampton, where we should have got three points.

"That's football for you.

There are ups and downs.

I'm learning along and improve week little each Isaac We're ready for that during the season.

"I don't really think the lads do look at the table, because it's pointless at this stage of the season as there are so many games to go and points to play for. It means nothing.

"The most important thing we look at is each game. Three points were up for grabs (against Palace) and we took them. The next game's another opportunity to get three points."

While Hayden has settled well into the Premier League after failing to make an appearance in the top flight while at Arsenal, he's not resting on his laurels.

Speaking on his experience of playing in England's top flight, he said: "That's what everybody wants to do. Every player wants to play in the best division in the world.

"I'm just enjoying it. I'm going to have bad games and good games. But I'm learning as I go along and trying to improve week by week and take little things from each game.

"Staying fit this season is the most important thing for me. I just want to try and stay fit and do my best. …

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