Ayoze Perez on what Newcastle must do to improve results

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The 22-year-old grabbed his first goal of the season in Saturday's draw with Chelsea, and now wants to kick on.

Newcastle United striker Ayoze Perez has claimed in the Shields Gazette that maintaining the level of performance shown against Chelsea will bring about an improvement in results sooner rather than later.

The Magpies are still to record their first Premier League win of the season and currently sit 19th in the table with seven games played.

Saturday’s gutsy performance against Chelsea has brought about fresh hope, despite the late collapse, and Perez now feels a benchmark has been set.

“It was a much better performance, but we have to keep it this way... This is the standard,” he told the Shields Gazette.

“We worked as a team - that is the key in this league. If we keep this performance, and this standard, we can win – whatever team we play against.

“We have to keep this standard. There are no excuses. We have done the work, and we have to do that against every team.”

As is the case in the Premier League, the tough games don’t let up and a visit to the Etihad is up next for Steve McClaren’s men.

Chelsea were expected to win comfortably on Saturday and Manchester City are expected to do the same this weekend, but Newcastle have shown they can dig in and make it difficult for the league’s top sides.

City’s recent form – three defeats in their last four – has removed their air of invincibility and the confidence of the players will have taken a hit after what was an imperious start to the season.

Perez is confident his team can upset the odds again and has called on the same levels of commitment to be shown from his colleagues as they embark on one of the toughest away days in the Premier League.

“Manchester City is another tough game,” he added.

“But, as I said, if we play like we did against Chelsea, we can win and get points in whatever stadium.”

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