Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko explains one simple way they can pick up first Premier League win

Moussa Sissoko

The French international just wants his team-mates to remain on the pitch.

Newcastle United’s renaissance under Steve McClaren has not yet got off the ground in the way that the Toon Army would have hoped.

The Magpies currently sit second from bottom in the Premier League after four games, with just two points from a possible 12.

Perhaps one of their more alarming stats is in the disciplinary column.

Newcastle have picked up sex red cards in their last 14 league games and are the worst offenders in the league since the start of the 2013-14 campaign.

This season has already seen Daryl Janmaat and Aleksandar Mitrovic sent for an early bath and midfielder Moussa Sissoko has made it clear that the club need to change this area of their game if they are to climb back up the Premier League table after the international break.

He told the Chronicle:

“When you play 10 (men) against 11 it’s hard, and when you play against a big team like Arsenal it’s too hard.

“We tried to do our best. We showed some good things. Defensively, we were very good, and they scored in the second half.

“We have to learn about this game and try to be careful with tackles and fouls.

“We have to try to stay (keep) 11 (players on the pitch) and win the game.”

Sissoko himself picked up a red card against West Ham, their next league fixture, last November, so the French international will also need to be on his best behaviour.

Keeping 11 men on the pitch will undoubtedly be a huge boost to any chances Newcastle have of picking up their first win of the new Premier League season.

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