Newcastle United striker Emmanuel Riviere has told the club’s official website that the team were “unlucky” not to win against Swansea City on Saturday.
The Magpies suffered their seventh Premier League defeat in a row when they went down 3-2 to the Swans at St. James’ Park.
John Carver’s side took the lead through Spanish forward Ayoze Perez in the 20th minute, but they eventually had to forgo all three points.
Reflecting on the match, Riviere told Newcastle’s official website: “We are very disappointed because we played well, we worked hard and wanted to win, but sometimes that doesn't happen and this time we were unlucky.
"We did everything - we ran, we fought - but we were not able to get the win and so are very disappointed.”
Riviere, who joined Newcastle from Ligue 1 outfit AS Monaco in the summer of 2014, has insisted that he is ready to step up and play a key role for the team between now and the end of the season.
“It was good to be back in the team but I need to work again to score because the team needs goals," said the 25-year-old.
"I want to be the man who helps the team win and that means goals. That is what I have to do between now and the end of the season.”
The game against Swansea was Riviere’s 19th of the season in the Premier League, and Newcastle head coach Carver has explained why he brought the 25-year-old back into the starting line-up.
“I put him in the team because I thought against Spurs the ball kept coming back to us,” said the Englishman. “We needed a target man.”
Newcastle are currently 14th in the Premier League table with 35 points from 34 matches, just five points above the relegation zone.