Captain Identifies These Key Talents Of Newcastle Players

Young Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles believes a 1-0 scoreline like we managed last time out at Rotherham, is almost the perfect scoreline.

That’s because for one thing it means the team has kept a clean sheet and being a defender in the heart of Newcastle’s defense these days – not conceding a goal means a lot to the 22 year-old.

And in fact in the 13 games in all competitors we have played in this season the team has seven clans sheets so that;s in more then half of our games.


Jamaal Lascelles – Newcastle captain

The 1-0 win came after the 4-3 win at home to Norwich in which we conceded the most goals in any game this season and at home too.

In fact we had only conceded 3 goals in the previous eight games before the Norwich game in all competitions including a streak of five clean sheets in a row.

Here’s what the Newcastle captain has said in the Chronicle:

“I would rather win 1-0. Getting clean sheets for me is a massive achievement.” “It’s the same for the back four and the goalkeeper.”

“Credit to the lads, they put in a good shift and it just goes to show we have talent – but also desire and determination. On our day though I feel like we can beat anybody.”

“I am expected to do my job and that is just a normal thing. I am pleased we played well and got the result we came here for.”

“It was a crazy game and completely different to Norwich the other night.”

“It was physical and direct at Rotherham compared to Norwich. I think it took character from us to step up and be on the front foot and clear the ball.”

“The back four were solid and Karl Darlow in goal. But everybody gives their all.”

Desire and determination is something a number of pundits thought the team lacked before the start of the season.

But with some excellent acquisitions by Rafa Benitez over the summer and getting rid of a number of players past their best at the club, means that we now have a younger and better squad than we had last season.

That should stand us in good stead once the season starts up again a week today when we play Brentford  at home followed by a road game the following Tuesday at Barnsley.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • sing in the corner

    Oct 8, 2016 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #1

    The 4.3 against an in form and fancied Championship team was a huge statement from Newcastle. A significant body blow to challengers. Even if you can score 3 against us, get 2 ahead with no time at all left.. We no longer give up, we will come at you and can win a game from anywhere.
    Howay the lads!

  • expatmag

    Oct 8, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #2

    Bobby Bee

    And you say you only come on hrre to talk football……….I checked out your rant on the last ghread and you sir, are joking. I used to think it was worth chatting about football with you but quite clearly, you have issues with other posters who dont agree with your posts.

  • expatmag

    Oct 8, 2016 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #3


    I wouldnt want it to happen too often mate…..heart attack country if it did……lol

  • cyprus

    Oct 8, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #4

    I know what you mean Lascelles. 1-0 means the back five did their job and we bag the three points.
    But Ed, that isn’t the perfect score, that’s an old arsenal score. In this division and in my predicament, I’ll gladly take it.
    But a perfect score is a good old fashioned thumping of the opposition with some serious entertainment thrown in. That’s your recipe.

  • sing in the corner

    Oct 8, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #5

    You ole keeganite you! 🙂
    But now we can do both, grind and entertain!
    Arise Sir Raphael!

    Aye, I know what you mean! But we love it! The rollercoaster that is NUFC. A drug we all need, always persuing that elusive first high.


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