By Russell Edge

25th Sep, 2017 | 4:12pm

'Not everything is bad when you lose' - Merino offers honest verdict on Brighton defeat

By Russell Edge

Newcastle United midfielder Mikel Merino has said that the club cannot be too disheartened about their 1-0 defeat to Brighton on Sunday.

A second half Tomer Hemed strike was all that separated the two sides, in the first meeting since the pair were promoted from the Championship last season.

The result ended Newcastle’s impressive three game winning streak and saw them fall from fourth down to ninth in the Premier League table.

However, Merino, who is on a season long loan from German giants Borussia Dortmund, says that there is much to learn from the defeat and that the side should be proud of their efforts on the south coast.

He told NUFC TV, available on the club’s official website: “We have to happy with the efforts we did.

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“We had chances, we have good things to look at. Football is about small pieces.

“Not everything is bad when you lose, not everything is good when you win.

“We tried till the end, we have some things to improve but we have one week to see what we can improve.”

Merino has emerged as a firm fan favourite since joining the Magpies, with supporters enamoured by his dynamic performances in the centre of the park.

He has been keeping last season’s talisman Jonjo Shelvey out of the side after the the English midfielder saw himself sent off on the opening day of the season, and he is yet to mark another start thanks to Merino’s impressive form.

Their next clash sees them go up against Shelvey and boss Rafael Benitez’s former side Liverpool at St James’ Park on Sunday.

In other Newcastle United news, a star man has been dropped to the reserves less than 24 hours after featuring against the Seagulls.

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