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Newcastle Captain Remains Upbeat Despite Letdown

11:59 am, Sunday, September 18th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 5 Comments

It was always a possibility that Newcastle could have  a huge letdown after the magnificent 6-0 win at QPR on Tuesday night, but even though we wrote about the possibility we still didn’t really expect it.

And 86% of fans in our poll thought we would win the game – especially after Wolves had been hammered at home 4-0 in mid-week by Barnsley.

So it really was a huge disappointment and a bad loss, with the team putting in their worst performance of the season and in front of a sold-out St. James’ Park crowd too.

That’s not good.


Jamaal Lascelles – not necessarily a bad thing

Our young captain Jamaal Lascelles was interviewed after the game on BBC Radio Newcastle and this is what he said:

“It was a sticky game for us.” “Obviously we beat QPR 6-0 the other day and the confidence was really high, but maybe winning 6-0 the other day wasn’t an amazing thing for us.”

“Maybe people thought Wolves would come here and we would turn them over but it’s a tough league and you have to be on it on the day. If you’re not, that’s what happens.”

“We’ve got another chance to prove we are better than them and hopefully on Tuesday night we can do that.”

“It definitely wasn’t complacency, the manager wouldn’t allow complacency. We started off a bit slow and credit to Wolves they put us on the back foot.”

“It was one of those days. We had chances but the goals we conceded were mistakes, it wasn’t like they battered us.”

“Obviously we would love to be battering teams and keeping clean sheets every week but it isn’t going to happen.”

“Losing 2-0 today, yes its a loss, but it isn’t necessarily a bad thing because it’s given us a kick up the backside in the sense that if we don’t perform, this is what is going to happen to us.”

“There’s no panic because what we have been doing to teams is unheard of and teams should still fear us.”

We have to start again and maybe begin another long win streak.

The players cannot feel sorry for themselves and the lads have to recover quickly so they are ready to go on Tuesday night again against Wolves in the EFL Cup and this time get the win.

Then we have two huge league games coming up at Villa Park and then at home to Norwich City.

Those will be difficult games, but we have to somehow win those games to get back on track.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 AMEOBI // Sep 18, 2016 at 12:11 PM


    You’re a half decent poster but yesterday after the defeat man you were childish. You can’t win them all, yes you’ll have bad games through out the season.

    Onto the next

  • 2 dcro1 // Sep 18, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    I know he is the captain and has to speak regardless of the result but there’s more than a bit of the fist pumping Steven Taylor, while failing, about him.

    I was pleased for him to be made captain but do now wonder whether it’s had a negative effect on his performance.

    Was lax shutting things down against Wolves jockeying on touchline when he had to be closer and stop the cross. Non-commital shadow play. Cost us yesterday.

  • 3 anthc // Sep 18, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    Can’t vote as I thought no one played well yesterday.
    We were pressured by wolves and we crumbled.
    Ayoze perez what was he thinking, the lad seemed to trott around the pitch like a show pony needs dropping and a good bollocking for me. I do think Sels could’ve done better, far from convinced with him. Hopefully a little blip and we’ll get back on it at villa.

  • 4 Tsunki // Sep 18, 2016 at 12:31 PM

    Inevitable result imo, this is nufc. it’s all a learning curve, this week it’s professional attitude and due respect for the opponent. Onwards and upwards

  • 5 JamesToon // Sep 18, 2016 at 12:32 PM

    Not trying to blame the fans that attended the game yesterday or call them s*** or anything. Id just like to say, we were on a 6 game winning run, yet fans couldn’t have a little bit of patience yesterday?? Im sorry but after a winning run like that, i just think its stupid booing at half time, moaning and groaning just puts so much more pressure on the players, yes theyre grown men and should be able to play under those conditions, but it really doesnt do anything to help them. I know fans pay good money and got served up dross, but i just think theres better ways of showing support for the players and not booing everytime we go 1-0 down. Are we playing better away from home because the players don’t have that pressure of playing at home?? We have probably some of the best away fans in the country, when we play bigger/better teams at home we make st james’ a cauldron of noise, however from what ive heard so far this season at home we havent created the loudest/intimidating atmospheres for opposition.

    Teams are just gonna keep coming to our place and setup to frustrate the crowd, im confident and hopeful that rafa will get us playing like we did at qpr at home most of the time, the loss yesterday was unnacceptable, but lets face it, we just won 6-0, wolves just lost 4-0, you could almost see it coming. Rafa got it wrong with the selection, but the players got over confident and complacent, didn’t play with enough intensity and gifted the ball to wolves too often. Hopefully this will be rectified as we need to be villa and norwich, and hopefully get revenge on wolves

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