Our Man Of The Match Is Fast Becoming A Real Star

We were a little worried yesterday because of our inexperienced and makeshift back four, but they all did very well in keeping our first clean sheet and helping get our first win since we beat West Brom 1-0 a full 10 weeks ago – a very long time ago.

This was a massive win for us – there’s no doubt about that – and it should give the players a big lift in their confidence.

And Jamaal Lascelles is our Man of the Match after scoring that vital first goal after 40 minutes as he headed home from an Andros Townsend corner.

The 22 year-old had an excellent game at the back and has 43% of the vote.


Jamaal Lascelles waves to crowd after scoring

Andros Townsend is second after another great game.

The former Tottenham winger scored his third goal for Newcastle after 89 minutes that was brilliantly set up be impressive Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Mitro was only on for 10 minutes but made a contribution to both late goals – the other goal coming from captain for the day Moussa Sissoko after 82 minutes.

That was Moussa’s first goal of the season.

Andros is playing great for us at the moment and it’s small wonder Premier League clubs want to sign him via his £8M release clause in the summer, if we go down.

Vurnon Anita is in third place and he was very solid at right back in keeping the dangerous Jefferson Montero under control – and the Dutchman will retain that position for the game against Manchester City on Tuesday night, even if Daryl Janmaat is fit.

We probably need another three wins at least in our last five games to survive.

On the performance of yesterday we have a chance to do that – even though that chance is still small.

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We put out an article on 17 month-old Poppy-Mai on Friday and she has recently been diagnosed with a progressive malignant rhabdoid tumour, a rare and aggressive form of paediatric cancer.

To show their support two of our readers in New Zealand Sean Gordon and his sister Hayley have cut off their hair which will be donated to the Little Princess Trust in the UK.

They will then transform the hair into beautiful wigs for children who have lost their own hair to cancer and all funds raised will go to Poppy-Mai’s family to create Poppy’s Field.

Here is the Facebook page for more information and please see if you can give to this fundraiser here.

9 comments so far

  • NoahJ

    Apr 17, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #1

    will he be dropped again when colocinni returns? I sure hope not

  • ArtyH

    Apr 17, 2016 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #2

    Yes Lascelles for me as if he had not scored when he did it could have ended like the other games when we lost. Also for his truthful comments in the dressing room last weekend. Have we found a true champion in this young lad? For a youngster who was out in the cold last year, he has certainly come good this year! He may not be the most skillful or talented as he is still learning his trade, but he has heart and determination, something that has been sadly lacking in the team for a few seasons. He is a shining example to the rest of his team mates and for me the win was down to him on Saturday. Well done Jamaal Lascelles the toon are both grateful and proud of you lad. 🙂

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 17, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #3

    Taking off Tiote made a great big whole in front of our defence yesterday where Swansea were able to exploit until we got it sorted by bringing on Perez who seemed to play in that position.

    Shelvey is not a grafter in Tiote’s terms as we were saying in the Gallowgate yesterday – he is a ‘Holywood” footballer likes to spray 50 yard passes but does not do the dirty stuff like Tiote and Colback.

    If Tiote keeps it simple fills that hole, tackles gets the ball and pass then we look a better team.

    I was not happy in pub before the game on RAFA’s team selection not playing Mitro Shelvey and Perez – but the more you analise it – it was a smart move.

    The last thing Rafa wanted was to give away a early goal when our character and confidence is so low.

    Plan X worked to perfection and with players tiring then bring on Mitrovich and Perez to run at their defence.

    My man of the Match – Lascalles – led the defensive back four well and not frightened to talk to fellow defenders – got a cool head – can head, pass and score the odd goal.

    For Tuesday got to keep it narrow and fill the whole in-front of defence as De Brune or however you spell it will run riot as he did yesterday against Chelsea – he was brilliant

  • Bambams

    Apr 17, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #4

    If Rafa drops Lascelles for Colo then we are doomed.
    Leave the two lads at CB

    Just watched MOTD again and my word that ref gave so many soft fouls against us

  • toon22

    Apr 17, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #5

    Id play Colo where Tiote was,he seems to end up there most games he plays so why not start him there.
    Imho City will play a weakend team against us due to all the games they are having to play.
    Probs our best chance of a point anyhow.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 17, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #6

    Only have to look at the last time we played Swansea Montero destroyed Janmaat who got sent off whereas he only got past Anita a few times in the first half

    Sigurdsson was also marked out the game until Tiote went off I like Shelvey on the ball but currently we may be better balanced to play 2 ball winners and then allow Sissoko ahead for the counter attack

    So many clubs have a young player emerge from the shadows who get chucked in and then do well hopefully Lascalles can be that man for us as he was dominant and never got pulled out of position!

    I mean look at Huth and Morgan they are nothing special but they just want to defend which is why Leicester have done well and I feel the back 4 with Colback and Tiote never let Swansea get near them.

  • Jib

    Apr 17, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #7

    Like Anthony Joshua and many other young men, sport changed Jamaal’s life.


  • Munster Mag

    Apr 17, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #8

    Jamaal can become a rock for us for years but might need a better player than mbemba beside him. Anyone else do the chronicle predictor? Sadly i have us going down – on 40 points! Nooo! I fear the makems are going to get a lot of points and pip us by 1 point. I may be overrating them but i have them down for 3 points v arsenal at home 🙁 . Sam sending us down wud be tragic. All those journalists giving us grief for sacking their fat hero etc. My points total included 3 points v city. Its good that we are playing so soon after swansea ( who lets face it, were crap ) , keep the momentum going. We need arsenal to do us a favour, badly, because the makems are improving and wud beat most teams in the bottom half now, certainly at home

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 17, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #9

    I think andros townsend and anita made a lot of toon fans on here eat their words yesterday. I’ve always felt anita is a very honest player but maybe just not strong enough for central midfield. He looked quick and smart in the tackle yesterday which is more important to me than anything else in a full back. Hope he stays unless good money comes in for him. Colo for tiote? Nope, too slow.


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