Moussa Sissoko offers two reasons for Newcastle United’s draw with West Bromwich Albion

St James Park

Newcastle United played out a 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion at St. James’ Park in the Premier League on Saturday.

Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko has spoken of two main reasons for his team’s encouraging performance against West Bromwich Albion to the club’s official website.

The Magpies failed to return to winning ways in the Premier League on Saturday, but they did manage to pick up a point.

John Carver’s side had lost eight league matches in a row prior to the clash against West Brom at St. James’ Park.

Many would have expected Newcastle to lose again, but the Magpies played out a 1-1 draw with the Baggies.

Victor Anichebe headed West Brom in front just past the half-hour mark, but young Spanish forward Ayoze Perez restored parity for the hosts four minutes before the half-time interval.

France international midfielder Sissoko was pleased with his team’s performance against the Baggies and offered two reasons for that.

"We had meetings in the week, to say something for the final three games,” the 25-year-old told Newcastle’s official website. “Our performance shows that the meetings were a good thing.

"We also stayed in a hotel before the game. That was good for us as it meant we could spend time together, speak about tactics and be completely focussed.”

It seems that team bonding played a key role in Newcastle putting an end to their eight-game losing run.

However, head coach Carver and his players still have a lot of work to do in order to avoid the drop to the Championship.

Newcastle are 17th in the Premier League table at the moment with 36 points from as many matches, just two points above the relegation zone.

The players need to stick together for the final two weeks of the season and play for each other, just as they did against West Brom.

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