Desperate Atsu rues missed Everton opportunity in English Premier League

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The winger reckons an individual strike would have made a bigger statement for more playing minutes

Newcastle United winger Christian Atsu believes a personal goal in Wednesday's English Premier League clash with Everton would have been a joy in his quest for more playing time.

Owing to suspension to Matt Ritchie, the Ghanaian was handed a rare start in the midweek fixture away at Goodison Park.

It was just his second first XI berth in the topflight this season, having been reduced to a bench warmer.

“I’m very disappointed that I was not on the scoresheet because I had the chances to score," Atsu told his club's official website.

"I was prepared for this game and I wanted to score and stay with the team. I’m disappointed I couldn’t score but I’m always prepared for every game and really focused.

"I want to give everything for this team and I just need to continue working hard and the next game, we’ll see.”

Salomon Rondon gave Newcastle a surprise 19th minute lead but Richarlison equalised for Everton in the 38th minute to force a 1-1 draw.

“We came here to win the game and not to draw the game,” Atsu, who lasted for the entire duration of the game, said.

“But we got a point and we are very happy we didn’t lose this game, as Everton are a very good team.

"We fought really hard, defended really well and attacked well, so there are lots of positives from this game.

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"We defended and attacked as a team."

Atsu will be hoping to be handed another starting berth when Newcastle host Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday.

In all, he has nine Premier League outings for the Magpies this season.