By Danny Wright
Isaac Hayden has highlighted Newcastle’s 1-1 draw with Leeds in April as the game that caused a big impact on his club’s season.
Chris Wood scored a very late equaliser for Garry Monk’s side in the game that left the Magpies chances at promotion looking bleak.
However Rafa Benitez and his men have since secured their return to the Premier League and go into the final match of the season knowing that they can still win the title.
Just one point separates league-leaders Brighton and Newcastle and Hayden, 22, thinks that the best is still to come from his club.
“Overall, we have a young squad, people can easily forget that. There is plenty of time for us all to improve, and I am sure we will,” said the former Arsenal midfielder, as quoted by the Shields Gazette.
“To be in pressure situations like we have been in recent weeks will only help us. Playing in big games, high-pressure games, is what every football should want to do.
“From the Leeds game, drawing that game took the sting out of us a little.
“Had we won, things might have been different. We can’t think ifs, buts and maybes. We have got over the line, whether we win the title or not.”
Hayden has been one of the most important players in Benitez’s midfield this season, scoring two goals and supplying four assists in 37 appearances across all competitions.
The former England Under-21 international has recently returned to action after undergoing ankle surgery.
Newcastle only won five of the 11 games that Hayden was forced to sit out of but wins in their last two fixtures against Preston and Cardiff mean they welcome Barnsley to St. James’ Park knowing that they can still lift the Championship trophy.
Brighton travel to Aston Villa on Sunday knowing that a win will be enough for them to seal the second-tier title.
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