Captain Jamaal Lascelles is a trusted player of Rafa’s and that’s just one reason he made the 23 year-old the Newcastle caption although he is still young and fairly inexperienced.
Jamaal has talked about the training last week when Rafa introduced the new 3-5-2 formation he wanted to play against Birmingham last Saturday.
We suppose it’s another formation the team can switch to during a game if necessary, but Jamaal says they only had a few days to work on it.
Jamaal Lascelles – Newcastle captain
In fact everything worked out well for the first 30 minutes, but then we went off the boil again and lost control of the game.
This is what Jamaal has said as reported in the Chronicle today:
“We set out in a different formation that we’re not used to.”
“We’re going to trust whatever formation Benitez tells us to play. We only had a few days to work on it.”
“We’ll have more time this week to work on our strengths and weaknesses.”
“We had a lot of players that hadn’t played in a while and I think they’ve come in and done a great job. They got a lot of fitness from the game.”
“We’re looking forward to playing them at our place.” “We did start off really well. We knew it would be really tough.”
“They’re physical and big on second balls. We know how to play against them.”
We have a great chance now to reach the 5th round of the FA Cup if we can beat Birmingham at home a week tomorrow.
We were drawn against Oxford United away on January 28th in the 4th round and although it will not be easy, it’s a game we can win if we play near our best form.
What do you think?