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.