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If Toon work and run, the points will come, says new boy Joselu

Newcastle United3 West Ham United 0

By Damian Spellman

Newcastle new boy Joselu has told his team-mates they will have to work harder and run further than their opponents if they are to thrive in the Premier League.

The 27-year-old Spaniard marked his first start for the club he joined from Stoke earlier this month with the opening goal in Saturday's 3-0 win over West Ham which secured the Magpies' first points of the season.

That victory went some of the way towards lifting the clouds sitting over St James' Park in recent weeks, although speculation over manager Rafael Benitez's future is continuing amid his desperate attempts to persuade owner Mike Ashley to allow him to compete in what remains of the transfer window.

However, regardless of what happens on Tyneside before Thursday night's deadline, Joselu believes the recipe for success for the promoted side is simple.

"Before the game we talked in the dressing room: 'We need to win the game, we need to fight, we need to run more than West Ham', and that was important," he said,

"You lose games, you win games - that's the Premier League. But when you work hard and you run more than the other team, you win.

"Of course after 3-0, people will believe in us and think we will win a lot of games, but this is the Premier League. We will try to win all the games, but we need to work hard and run more than the other teams to win games."

If there was relief on Tyneside, the mood surrounding the Hammers camp darkened significantly with manager Slaven Bilic's position a topic for debate in the wake of three successive league defeats.

Skipper Mark Noble called for a united front after admitting that Saturday's display was simply not good enough.

He told the club's official website: "We are going to lose games, we know that, but as a club, we need to stick together."

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