Our Two Best Players Yesterday Were Simply Superb

Rafa Benitez had rested his captain Jamaal Lascelles last week against Derby to give the 23 year-old a rest and he had also put in some so-so performances of late.

After the game yesterday Rafa had said it was to protect the 23 year-old after some of the fans had been giving him a bit of a hard time of it, because of his average performances recently.

It shows what a great man-manager Rafa is, because Jamaal had a terrific game for us in the 1-0 win at Wolves with the defense looking very strong and well-drilled.

Ciaran Clark and Jamaal Lascelles – superb yesterday

So it was a great comeback success for the captain and he made sure he celebrated with the traveling fans at the end of the game, before they went back to Newcastle very happy.

Newcastle are back on top of the league with 65 points from 30 games which includes a phenomenal 21 wins.

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Lascelles was actually second in the voting in our Man of the Match poll yesterday with 35% – and he is edged out by his central defense partner Ciaran Clark (36%) who had another excellent game for us.

Ciaran finished as the 3rd best Rafa signing last summer behind only top goalscorers Dwight Gayle and Matt Richie in first and second place respectively.

Ciaran is turning out to be an excellent buy for Newcastle at just £5M from Aston Villa, who continue to struggle this season.

Villa are in 16th place on 36 points a full 29 points behind Newcastle – their fans must feel really sick since they hoped to come straight back up – but we’re sure Steve Bruce can get the job done – but it will have to be next season.

Just imagine how we would feel if we were in Villa’s position now – sick.

If our defense can be as solid as they were yesterday for the rest of the season, we will be able to keep a lot more clean sheets and get a lot more wins.

But special praise this week to our two center-backs – Jamaal Lascelles and Ciaran Clark – they were both superb.

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8 comments so far

  • Doctapaul

    Feb 12, 2017 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #1

    I was at the game. I didn’t see it the same way.
    Lascelles did make some crucial defensive moves and he made a huge marking gaff which allowed Edwards (I think?) a free header that hit the side netting.
    One or two passes he made were also woeful.

    I hope this game gave him some much needed confidence back because for me he’s short of where we need him to be. Ditto Colback and one or two others.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 12, 2017 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #2

    Tough call, I was going with Clark until that top notch tackle by Lascelles in our box that took it clean off the players feet and left him behind like a dad playing footy with his toddler.

  • toontaff2

    Feb 12, 2017 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #3

    I did warn there was a full moon, last night!!!
    Some of the blog crazies were clearly on and we have some farcebooker howling at ED!!
    It was me saying Mitro would probably get a hat-trick after I’d said a few games back he was a dud!
    Someone got grief for that !! Not my own personal troll,Toontaff, though!!

  • Doctapaul

    Feb 12, 2017 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #4

    ps the whole of the midfield were very poor in possession. This is the third 1-0 away victory I’ve sen this season. grab a goal and hold the fort.
    We’re good at it – which is why we’re top. Twood be nice to see some free flowing passing football again (like the Leeds and QPR away games) but I’m not complaining.

  • toontaff2

    Feb 12, 2017 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #5

    Do they only come out after dark??

  • toontaff2

    Feb 12, 2017 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #6

    It was an ugly win, made to look good by ale – like it was back in the day with the ugly minger at the nightclub!
    Mind, no need to run away in the morning – which was always worse when you recognise your own street!!

  • toontaff2

    Feb 12, 2017 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #7

    3 points closer to our goal!
    The next games Norwich (A), Villa, Bristol City, both home, then Brighton, ‘Udders and Reading all away – 18 points up for grabs – this is crunch time!! Maybe 6 1-0 wins?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 12, 2017 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #8

    We play four of the top six away from home, a disadvantage to most teams but our away form is pretty impressive. I see that the Brighton tickets aren’t selling well, I’m away at work for it, that game is where we need the toon army most.


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