Hayden Hoping To Add More Goals
Written by Newcastle Utd
Isaac Hayden is keen to add more goals to his game after opening his Newcastle account against Doncaster on Wednesday night
By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor
Isaac Hayden opened his goalscoring account for Newcastle United during Wednesday night's friendly draw at Doncaster, and hopes it will be the first of many for the Magpies.
The former Arsenal midfielder's 51st-minute effort gave Rafa Benitez's side a route back into the game in which they had trailed 2-0 at the break, and Ayoze Perez's last-minute goal completed the comeback at the Keepmoat Stadium.
And 21-year-old Hayden is looking to pop up with more goals, having netted his first senior strike during a loan spell with Hull City last season.
"I think last season, I maybe should have got a few more," he told nufcTV.
"I'm confident enough in my ability to shoot from distance, to take shots on and try new things in the final third, but I think it's something I can work on and certainly add to my game."
He'd been denied by Doncaster keeper Ross Etheridge moments before, but was rewarded for his perseverance as he swept home from Yoan Gouffran's resulting flag-kick.
"I had a shot which I thought was going in, but the goalie made a great save and then the corner came in and I just tried to guide it as well as I could into the far corner," he said.
"It got a little deflection and looped in, so I'll take it.
"Every time that I pull on the shirt is going to be a special feeling and I just want to try and do it as much as I can through pre-season and in the season as well.
"I want to hopefully add to the squad in a good way and push this Club back to where it belongs."
Newcastle's next friendly is in Belgium on Saturday when the Magpies travel to KSC Lokeren.
And Hayden is expecting a different type of test to those posed by Doncaster and Bohemian in United's two pre-season outings so far.
"They always have different styles of play in each country and each league and it's another learning curve for us," he said.
"I'm sure we'll take it in our stride and take as much as we can from the game and move on to the beginning of the season."