Captain – This Is Something We Didn’t Have Last Season

In the last couple of games – the fantastic fight back on Wednesday against Norwich and yesterday’s tough 1-0 win at Rotherham – the Newcastle players have shown fight, courage and determination and that’s one reason we have taken 6 points from those two vital games.

One of our players who has plenty of character and fight is our captain Jamaal Lascelles, who has been picked out by Rafa to captain the side, even though he’s only 22.

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Jamaal Lascelles – we have heart fight and desire

This is what Jamaal has said about our win yesterday to Football on Five:

“It’s massive,” “It just goes to show what the boys have got. It’s not just quality and talent that we’ve got; it’s heart and fight and desire.”

“I think we lacked a little bit of it last season but the players that Rafa has brought in and the way some of the boys have turned it around this season, it’s excellent.”

“If we play with that quality and determination, on the day we can beat anyone.”

“Playing in the Championship, momentum is massive,” “We’ve had an international break before and we came back and beat Derby and QPR so I don’t see why a little break won’t help.”

“A few of the lads are carrying a few knocks here and there so I don’t think it’ll harm us in that way.”

“We don’t want to get too carried away. Obviously it would be great to get promotion but we have just got to stay focused on the next game and take it step by step.”

“We’re not really looking at the long run in that sense. We’re just taking the games as they come.”

Newcastle have averaged 2 points a game in the first 11 games, which will give us 92 points if we can keep it up – but we think Rafa will want to do better than that.

Here’s the league placing.

PosTeamGamesGDPoints
1Newcastle464594
2Brighton463493
3Reading46485
4Sheffield Wednesday461581
5Huddersfield46-281
6Fulham462880

Rafa keeps talking about the team having to get better and better as they learn something from every single game.

We now have the International break and next up are Brentford on Saturday, 15th October at St. James’ Park.

Winning that game will be the next test for this new Newcastle United team put together by Rafa Benitez.

Howay The Lads!!

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