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Sean Longstaff says he is now seeing things from ‘another perspective’ at Newcastle United

2 weeks ago
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Ten months ago Sean Longstaff had his career highlight, so far.

The young midfielder having arguably his best ever game as Newcastle beat Manchester City and Longstaff won the crucial penalty, tucked away by Matt Ritchie to win the match.

That was a remarkable turnaround from Rafa Benitez having gone one down to a Sergio Aguero goal in the first minute.

Rondon getting Newcastle back into the game in a rousing second-half, before that penalty incident with 10 minutes to go.

Neither Rondon or Aguero will be on the pitch on Saturday but Sean Longstaff hopes he will be.

He has looked to the positives of his sending off against Wolves and declares: ‘I was disappointed with that, but it allowed me to take a step back and look at other things. I have seen things from another perspective, get into the gym and get stronger, I will hopefully come back firing on all cylinders.’

Jonjo Shelvey was so poor at Aston Villa so it looks obvious for Sean Longstaff to come back in on Saturday alongside Isaac Hayden, who were the energetic pair that gave Newcastle the platform to beat Man City in January.

Anything would be a bonus from this game but Newcastle could do with it, as a tough game at Sheffield United follows on Thursday.

Sean Longstaff speaking to the Chronicle:

“I have been working extra hard to keep up with the lads and hopefully now I am available I can hit the ground running and give the manager a headache and get back in the team.

“The positive way of looking at it is I am fresh now.

“Obviously I want to play as many games as I can but the red card happened, I was disappointed with that, but it allowed me to take a step back and look at other things.

“I have seen things from another perspective, get into the gym and get stronger, I will hopefully come back firing on all cylinders, there are a lot of games around Christmas and it will be a chance for me to impress.

“It’s really tight in the Premier League this year.

“We’re a pretty confident group and we know we have some very good players in the squad and we can be a pretty exciting team when we are on the break – we have had some exciting players compared to what we had in the past.

“There’s also some young lads in the squad and we’re all learning together, hopefully we can grow together, we will look to kick on for the remainder of the season.

“The new lads that have come in have really embraced what the North East is all about, they were a little bit in shock over how good the fans are, amazed at how many travel to games.

“We are just looking forward to the rest of the season and if we can win back to back games again it takes you up the table massively.”

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