There’s been some concern about Newcastle since we lost two of our three games over the festive season and dropped six points which allowed other clubs to gain on us in the league.
Of the three games we played without Jonjo Shelvey, we played best at Blackburn Rovers on Monday afternoon, but just couldn’t put away the many chances we had and we also had two goals disallowed.
And Jason Steele in the home goal had a great game and that didn’t help us either.
Captain Jamaal Lascelles – there’s nothing to worry about
Captain Jamaal Lascelles is not concerned about the blip in form over Christmas and say there’s nothing to worry about.
This is waht he had this to say to the local press as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“There’s nothing to worry about,” “We lost our first two games at the start of the season, and we still managed to get over 50 points.”
“So this is the second half of the season. “We’ve started off with a little blip, but we’ll pick it back up and prepare for the next game like we always do.”
“I don’t think it matters what competition we play or team we play, we’re just going to go to St Andrew’s and try to win.” “It’s about getting momentum, because it breeds confidence.”
“We’ll be looking to go there and win.”
“We’re very disappointed,” “But we’re not going to beat ourselves up about it because we can take a lot of positive away from this game.”
“From start to finish, we controlled the game. We dictated the pace of the game and we stuck to our game plan.”
“We do need to be a bit more ruthless, but then again in other games we have been very ruthless. “So it’s nothing to worry about if you look at it overall.”
“We just needed to put our chances away,” “I think they had one shot on target, which was the free-kick, and we had a lot of chances and those two goals disallowed.”
“But we’re not complaining about that because they were the correct decisions from the referee. “We aren’t going to beat ourselves up about it.”
“Obviously, we’re disappointed they beat us twice this season, that’s not acceptable at all. “As players we need to learn how to control games better.”
“We’ve only drawn one game this season. We need to turn these sort of games into draws.”
The second defeat in three games allowed clubs like Huddersfield and Reading to gain points on us and also allowed Chris Hughton’s Brighton & Hove Albion to go two points clear of us in the league.
But we have exactly the same number of points after 25 games that we had seven years ago under Chris Hughton and in that season we ended up with 102 points.