Christian Atsu has urged his Newcastle United teammates to overcome their opening League defeat to Tottenham Hotspurs.
The Ghanaian international was in action when his side suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of an impressive Spurs side at the ST. James Park.
Delli Alli and Ben Davids scored two second half goals for the visiting team as Rafa Benitez and his lads were given a baptism on their return to the Premier League.
Atsu who played the entire duration of the game wants his side to recover from the defeat ahead of their next game.
“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. We created a couple of chances but after the red card, when we had ten men, it became really hard,” he told nufc.co.uk.
“We had to stick together. Individually, we knew they were better than us, so we needed to play as a team. We did that.
“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.”
The 25-year-old signed a permanent deal with the Magbies from Chelsea after a successful loan spell last season.