By Russell Edge
Newcastle United midfielder Isaac Hayden has said that all the club’s players need to improve in front of goal ahead of their clash with Liverpool on Sunday.
The Magpies, who sit ninth in the Premier League table, have scored six goals this season, the joint-ninth highest in the top flight.
They could have been further up both the league and goal scoring tables had some of the club’s stars shown better quality finishing during the club’s matches.
One such example is Spanish striker Joselu, who passed up a handful of clear cut opportunities against both Stoke, who the Magpies beat 2-1, and Brighton, who ended the club’s three match winning run with a 1-0 win.
However Hayden insists that it is not just the striker who is guilty of fluffing his lines, taking aim at all his team mates who he says need to show more quality up front, especially with a huge match on Sunday against Liverpool.
Speaking to the Chronicle, the former Arsenal man said: “I’ve missed chances in games, loads of players have missed chances.
“Everyone has had a miss where you’ve gone, ‘Oh you should have put that on target’, or, ‘You should have scored’.
“It’s just about making sure we practice in training, get back to the drawing board and work hard to start converting the opportunities.
“We’ll look at it and re-group for next Sunday’s game with Liverpool, which is another cup final for us.”
Hayden has been an ever present in the starting line up in their six Premier League matches this season, while he appeared as a substitute against Nottingham Forest in their only other outing which came in the League Cup.
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