Isaac Hayden says that the Newcastle players are ‘going to make mistakes’ when having to play a number of matches in quick succession.

The United midfielder saying ‘we’re not all playing at 110% peak fitness’.

With Newcastle United widely regarded as having the strongest squad in the Championship and only two injured players (Gamez and Aarons) at the moment, Isaac Hayden and his teammates aren’t going to be getting much sympathy from the other clubs/players.

Whilst there has been much talk of squad rotation at Newcastle United, there has become a settled core of players that play pretty much all of the time, Isaac Hayden one of eight Newcastle players to have started 18 or more Championship matches.

A bit of a strange position at the moment for Rafa Benitez, when summer signings such as Daryl Murphy and Grant Hanley, players clearly brought in purely to do a job in the Championship, can’t even get into the 18 man matchday squad.

As for Friday night’s match, Isaac Hayden believes that the team showed ‘character’ to beat Nottingham Forest and a ‘good mentality’.

Isaac Hayden speaking to the official club website:

“We have played a lot of games in a short period of time, we have had a period of time before when we’ve had three games in a week and it’s obviously tough for the lads.

“There’s going to be a few mistakes out there and I hold my hands up myself, I made a few out there (v Nottingham Forest) and we’re not all playing at 110% peak fitness.

“We’re going to make mistakes and obviously it’s about us having the character on the ball and having the character in ourselves to keep going – we did that today. We showed good spirit and we carried on going.

“I thought we started really well with a good intensity in the first half and created a few chances, we got in behind them quite well.

“When they scored, we went a little bit flat for a period of time, then picked it up again in the second half and came out with a good mentality and we took the chances. It was a bit of a grind in the end, but we got the three points, which was the main thing.

“I think when we went forward and showed our attacking intent, the fans were brilliant and we gave them the three points they deserved.

“It (red card) came at a good time, I think we were starting to get on top in that period but I think that even if it was 11 v 11 it would not have made too much difference. I think we were still the only team that was going to win it.

“Their goal was sloppy on our part and we’re not really happy with it – but it happens. People make mistakes and we’re only human, we can’t be perfect all the time, but it happens, and we got the three points in the end.

“We’re not really looking at the league, we’re just cracking on now as we should do and trying to get as many wins as we can.

“Monday (v Sheff Wed) was a big disappointment, not just for ourselves in the dressing room but for the staff and the fans, it was a massive disappointment to lose that game.

“I think that even in periods tonight it was a bit difficult but we stuck together, showed good character on the ball and good intensity. We pressed them really well today and we created a lot of chances for ourselves.

“Maybe if we’re being a bit critical, we maybe should have taken the game to four or five, but in the end it’s a 3-1 win and we got the three points we wanted.”