Tuesday Aug 15, 2017. 18:00
Newcastle United midfielder Christian Atsu has urged his club team-mates to stick together following their defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
The Magpies were brushed 2-0 by Spurs in their first 2017/18 English Premier League (EPL) match at the St James' Park in Newcastle on Sunday.
"We went into the game with a very strong mentality – trying to win. We did really well in the first half and made things difficult for them," Atsu told the club's official website.
"We created a couple of chances but after the red card, when we had ten men, it became really hard,”
“We had to stick together. Individually, we knew they were better than us, so we needed to play as a team. We did that," the 25-year-old winger added.
“We need to believe in ourselves, and continue to stick with our game-plans. We just need to keep our focus, keep working hard and try to win our next game.”
Newcastle, who were promoted from the English Championship in April, 2017, had to substitute Paul Dummett and Florian Lejeune after they sustained injuries.
Atsu's side are now scheduled to take on Huddersfield Town in their next league match which will be played at The John Smith's Stadium on Sunday.
“The team is ready. Although we lost two players, you did not see any difference – you could see all the players are well-prepared for anything that happens,” the Ghanaian international said.
“We will need to win games before we become more confident, but I think the team is really solid and playing really well.
“We thank the fans for their support. They have been amazing. We will come back stronger to give them what they deserve.”