Steve McClaren’s Rare Praise For Newcastle Defender

Jamaal Lascelles was almost the hero on Saturday when he came on for the injured Daryl Janmaat and after 85 minutes he powered a tremendous header that had “goal” written all over it – but then Jack Butland made another terrific save – probably the best of the match to deny Newcastle at the end.

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Jamaal Lascelles in action for Newcastle

That would have ben a great end to the game and would have given us the much needed 3 points but it wasn’t to be – maybe we can win at Bournemouth in the early kick-off game at Bournemouth – if we don;t it’s going toi be worrying.

And after the game on Saturday Steve McClaren gave out some praise for the former Nottingham Forest defender who we have to keep remembering he doesn’t turn 22 until next Wednesday and the 6’2″ tall player certainly the lad has a great attitude.

McClaren said this about the England U21 International:

“He has progressed and done really well.” “From where he is now from the first day of pre-season he has done very well.”

We signed Lascelles along with Karl Darlow in the summer of last year but allowed them to play for Forest last season on loan in the Championship.

Neither have made much od an impact so far at the club with Lascelles playing 5 times for the first team and Karl – who is unfortunately out injured with a foot injury at the moment – having played once.

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