Ayoze Perez urges Newcastle to stick together
Last Updated: 07/10/18 11:13pm
Ayoze Perez says Newcastle must stick together as they search for their first Premier League win of the campaign.
The Magpies have made their worst start to a top-flight season, after losing to Manchester United on Saturday.
Newcastle raced into a two-goal lead inside 10 minutes through Kenedy and Yoshinori Muto, but Manchester United stormed back to win 3-2, with Alexis Sanchez getting the decisive goal in the 90th minute.
It leaves Rafael Benitez's with just two points from eight matches at the end of a week that saw owner Mike Ashley take the staff and players out for dinner at an Italian restaurant in a bid to improve relations.
"We are trying to create that togetherness as much as we can," Perez said. "The spirit is good, but we have to stick together, train hard, keep going, keep pushing. Saturday was a step up but, against a top side, it was not enough.
"The most important thing is we all travel in the same direction, keep pushing, all together - the most important thing is that we all stay together.
"(Our confidence) is still good. We came here to play against a top side and we did that. The feeling is that we played well but that was not enough today. They scored one more goal than us.
"In the end, they had to put all their forwards on. We should have handled it better and got the result we so desperately wanted."
Newcastle have faced a difficult early schedule, having already played five of last season's top six - United, Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham.
They host Brighton following the international break and Perez admits the pressure will be on to get a result against Chris Hughton's side.
"In two weeks, it is a big game," he added. "We must beat teams like that."