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MetiNews.Com - Matty Longstaff admits the whole Newcastle United squad have been hurt by the manner of the defeat at Sheffield United and insists the club must now show the right mentality at Arsenal
Breaking News ! Matty Longstaff has revealed Newcastle United's squad held a dressing room inquest following their dismal defeat at Sheffield United. The Blades picked up their first Premier League victory of the season following Billy Sharp's second-half penalty at Bramall Lane on Tuesday night. Newcastle were reduced to 10 men on the stroke of half-time following Ryan Fraser's dismissal, and it's a defeat which extends their winless run to eight matches. Longstaff has been an unused substitute in the Magpies last two outings, having made his first Premier League start of the season at Manchester City on Boxing Day. Read More Related Articles 'Where are you?' - Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer calls out Lee Charnley Read More Related Articles Matty Longstaff admits it was 'disappointing' to miss out on Newcastle's last two matches However, the 20-year-old admits the result and performance is one that has stung the whole squad. Longstaff told NUFC TV: "When you have a defeat like that, it hurts the whole squad not just the lads who played. "I think for the coaching staff down to the subs who were not involved, it's not great. But we have to put it right, and the best way to get it out of your system is to get back out in training and let out a bit of energy. "I think it's pretty obvious the performance wasn't good enough. As a squad, we know it. We spoke afterwards and said it wasn't good enough. "We had that expectation that we should win the game, and we had that on ourselves.
. "We play again on Monday night against Arsenal, and we need to show a reaction and the right mentality going into it."
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Up next for the Magpies is a second trip to the Emirates Stadium in 10 days following their extra-time defeat in the FA Cup on Saturday night. It was a spirited display from the visitors, who spurned several chances to win the third-round tie before goals from Emile Smith-Rowe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang earned the victory for the hosts. Mikel Arteta's side have improved following a challenging start to the season, picking up four straight victories in all competition since the festive period. It's a tough ask for United to pick up their first victory since November, but Longstaff reckons the Magpies can take heart from their FA Cup showing. He added: "We've got to have the right mentality and attitude for Monday now. We have to show the resilience and show that yesterday wasn't good enough, we can bounce back and beat one of the bigger teams. "We probably could have won it twice in the last few moments against them in the cup. It shows we can go there and give them a game, and have a chance of beating them. "Fingers crossed we can go there, do a similar thing and nick a result which we need.
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