Heads Were Down In Dressing Room After Shocking Loss

Jamaal Lascelles takes his job as the Newcastle captain very seriously and he has said the dressing room after the shocking defeat against Blackburn was not a good place to be.

Newcastle’s nine game winning streak in all competitions came to an abrupt end on Saturday and the crowd of 52,000 who turned out for the game hoping for a first ever 10 game winning streak – were completely stunned.

Jamaal was rested for this game so he’s fresh for tonight’s EFL Cup tie at Hull City, but the six changes Rafa made for the game seemed to backfire big time.


Jamaal Lascelles – Newcastle captain

This is what Jamaal has said in the Shields Gazette today:

“It was a strange feeling in the dressing room,” “How do you act?”

“We are used to having the music on and everyone laughing and joking, but there was none of that.”

“The boys have come in and their heads are down. We are not used to losing.”

“It is my job to get everyone’s head high after we have lost. What we can’t do is think negative.”

“We have a brilliant game around the corner at Hull and another at Nottingham Forest on Friday.”

“It is nothing to worry about – one defeat out of however many.” “The boys were not up to it, not sharp, but we will fix it.”

“It’s a massive game,” “We want to go to the semis.” “We don’t want to focus too much on the cup.”

“We want a balance and to do really well in the league, but get as far as we can in the cups.”

“It is a balance of who to play and when, and we have a massive squad.”

The last time we were in a final was back in 1999 when Ruud Gullit was the manager and we were beaten 2-0 in the FA Cup final by Manchester United.

The last time we were in a semi-final was back in 2005 when Graeme Souness was the manager and we were beaten 4-1 in the semi-final of the FA Cup by the Red Devils.

Let’s hope we can make it through to the last four of the League Cup tonight at Hull City.

And who knows – we may meet Manchester United again in the semi-finals – but beat them this time.

Howay The Lads!!

24 comments so far

  • Budge123

    Nov 29, 2016 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #1

    Firebug – same bingo line up and same score prediction as me.
    I’ll never catch you up if you keep copying me! 🙂

  • beermonkey

    Nov 29, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #2


    Sels over darlow
    Its the same team i wouls pick but i would have darllow in
    What makes u think sels will get the nod

  • hibbit

    Nov 29, 2016 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #3

    looks like Rafa just exonerate the fans who were at the game for their opinions
    his opinion was obviously the same

    it wasnt that we lost it was how we lost
    everything we had grown used to under Rafa was missing from that team and their performance

  • Budge123

    Nov 29, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #4

    Hibbit – yes I thought Stevie Mc was back watching that on Saturday!
    The lack of and lack of impact from subs was a concern also.
    But it will quickly be put right one trusts. Unlike last year where we got the same week in week out.

  • Budge123

    Nov 29, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #5

    Firebug didn’t notice you had gone Sels not Darlow. So not the same and 5 points for me!

  • Jib

    Nov 29, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #6

    It just goes to show it is never too late to learn !

    I’d always assumed that track to be written by an old delta blues man.

    Folklore has it that Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart wrote it to prove how easy it is to write a blues song , and succeeded spectacularly.

    In the JB version on Truth – Nicky Hopkins piano is great.

    side note.

    Did you know Jet Harris of “Cliff and the Shadows” renown was an early Jeff Beck bassist ?

  • Jib

    Nov 29, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #7

    If Sels doesn’t play tonight I think he may be loaned back to Gent in January.

  • toontaff2

    Nov 29, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #8

    Bingo line-up:

    Anita Lascalles Clark Dummett
    Hayden Shelvey
    Ritchie Diame Gouffy

    Colback is on 4 yellows, I think Rafa will save him for Friday.
    I’m sure the 5 yellows rule get’s wiped at end November, so saves a ban!

  • toontaff2

    Nov 29, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #9

    Hull are really struggling to sell tickets.
    5000 at the beam back at SJP, including me!
    Should be fun!

  • Jib

    Nov 29, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #10

    Although he doesn’t look it Sels is actually two yars younger than Darlow and six years younger than Rob Elliott.

  • toontaff2

    Nov 29, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #11

    Will go for a draw, as always get the score wrong!
    4-4 , ahaha!

  • toontaff2

    Nov 29, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #12

    Sels had a mega paper round in his youth!

  • toontaff2

    Nov 29, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #13

    Maybe Lazaar could be in for Dummett, who is also on 4 yellows and reason Lazaar was not on bench Saturday.
    Maybe Shelvey will also be rested, with 4 yellows.
    Maybe Rafa will surprise us all again!
    Did anyone get close on Saturday to his team?
    I think I got 6/11!


    Nov 29, 2016 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #14

    confirmed rafa bingo line-up.
    think hayden and diame will get the nod against there old team,and sels is probs due a run out,with a game on friday and colback possibly still injured or nearing a booking ban aswell.


    Nov 29, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #15

    my team was bollicked before kick off so didnt check it but think i had 5 or 6 of the 11 on sat….nee where near to be honest,cant see shelvey being rested,if he’s up in front of the f.a he could be banned for a while so think they’ll uas him as much as they can till the hearing…..if we manage to get a few goals up i would expect some subs on the hr mark or so to keep them for friday.


    Nov 29, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #16

    would’nt be surprised if haidara is on about the hr mark for dummet,lazarr for goofy at some stage and shelvey off so no silly bookings…..just my thoughts like.

  • Jib

    Nov 29, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #17


    Training Yesterday

    Miles Starforth in the Shield Gazette thinks Sels will start and Jack Colback will not be risked.


    Nov 29, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #18

    lazarr or atsu anyway


    Nov 29, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #19

    think ritchie needs a good game 2nyt….been off the boil the last few games for me.

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 29, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #20


    If you’re into early British rock (with a Newcastle connection), this might be for you!



    Nov 29, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #21

    check ya dodgy boxes the nyt lads and lasses,meant to be on a few channels

  • jayphoto

    Nov 29, 2016 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #22

    Think Sels will start. For my money it seems rafas policy is the 2nd choice keeper gets the cup games. To be fair, in the last 2 rounds Sels looked pretty solid. Don’t think theres much between him and Darlow! Darlow has definitely earnt his number 1 status though!
    Shame Gamez is always injured. Impressed by him whenever I’ve seen him. Interesting one for me is Lazaar. When is he going to start playing? We signed him ahead of some pretty decent clubs and the left hand side is hardly our strongest area

  • Jib

    Nov 29, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #23

    Cheers for that Ron
    Spent the last hour watching it
    I’ve saved it to watch again
    The match tonight is on Africa Supersport 7 so will be loads of streams.

  • jayphoto

    Nov 29, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #24

    Anyone keeping much track of our loan lads?
    Pretty sure we won’t see any of them but Saivet’s having a really good season. Never understood why he didn’t get a chance here.
    Thauvin too, is actually possibly the best player in the whole league outside of PSG and maybe Monaco. Club have dropped one on him for me because Marseille can rebuy him for 10m, got a feeling he’ll go onto an Italian or Spanish club in future for a lot more than that.


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