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!!