Newcastle Captain Puts It All In Perspective

We were hoping for the win last night and of the last three games – at least on paper – it seems Reading was the easiest.

But we cannot complain (and wont) and 7 points from 9 is a great return against three of the top five teams in the Championship – all away from home.

We would have definitely taken that last week before we played at Brighton in that first dramatic game that ended in us gaining 6 points on the south coast club in two successive games, as we then went on to also beat Huddersfield 3-1.

Jamaal Lascelles in action last night

This is what Jamaal has said on the Newcastle web-site immediately after the game last night in Berkshire:

“We all know how hard it is to get three points every week.” “We have got the players but the Championship is a tough league.”

“We are doing very well and we are going in the right direction but there is a long way to go and we can’t go into any game thinking that we’re there.”

“We need to prepare for every game like it’s a Cup final and that’s what we’re going to keep doing.”

“If you look at these last three games, if somebody had offered us 7 points out of 9 beforehand we’d have snapped their hand off.”

“But because we beat both Brighton and Huddersfield we came into this game with a lot of confidence, we came here to get 3 points.”

“Unfortunately, it didn’t happen – Reading are a very good side but we did create a lot of chances.”

“We perhaps need to look at what we could have done to break them down, but I’m pleased with the clean sheet, I thought we defended really well.”

“We have had three different right-backs in the last week – Yedlin, Vurnon and Jesus tonight, who hadn’t played in a while.”

“They have all come in and done a great job, which just goes to show how good our squad is in depth.”

“We have got players itching to play and they have been really patient this season. Credit to the boys, I’m pleased with how we defended tonight.”

Good words there from Jamaal and you can always rely on the 23 year-old to tell the truth and tell it like it is,  while also bring constructive and positive when he can be.

We’ll take the 7 points from 9 – thank you very much.

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49 comments so far

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 8, 2017 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #1

    Just wondering…
    What qualifies you to say our fans can be some of the worst? This thing about the home crowd getting on the players’ backs seems to be trotted out a few times. You’re not the only one fella, but I think it’s sometimes a cheap shot.
    Do you go to home games?
    I do, and have been doing for years. The home crowd is like most home crowds of so called big clubs, who have underachieved or had to feed on very slim pickings over the years.
    People pay their money and want to see players bust a gut for the shirt. They let the players know when they don’t see that. When they do see it, they are right behind them. Nothing amiss there.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 8, 2017 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #2

    I don’t think it’s a case of the fans getting on the players backs. The game starts with unbelievable noise which is impossible to maintain if the players aren’t putting in the effort, it doesn’t have to be a dazzling run past three player, a ten yard sprint to win a ball back gets the crowd going, blaming the crowd is like Pardew blaming us for urging them to get a winner then conceding.

  • yorkymag

    Mar 8, 2017 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #3

    Spot on
    I have only missed one game this season
    The home crowd has stuck with the team completely even with some awful performances this season
    Blackburn,Wednesday ,Bristol to name just 3

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 8, 2017 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #4

    The fans who follow the team all over the country have my full respect. Die hard,committed fans who we should treasure and be very proud of.
    The fans who fill the ground at home are a mixed bunch these days, that is just down to the changing face of football and society.
    But the love and passion is still there, and there’d be no club if they didn’t come.

  • yorkymag

    Mar 8, 2017 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #5

    There is a great book how hillsborogh and the premier league changed britain
    “And The sun shines now” Adrian tempany all about the changing face of football
    Worth a read

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 8, 2017 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #6

    very proud of the team and the return they got from the last 3 games, but if i had one critical point to make , i think Rafa went there for a point last night, even though we had more shots and Habsi seemed to be busy, i think the subs were kind of late to make an impact.

    7 points though is more than i expected


    Mar 8, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #7

    Think i said I’d take 4/5 points from those 3 games instead we got 7 can’t grumble at that. Unlucky not to be all 9

    Unbeaten to the end now?

  • toontaff2

    Mar 8, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #8

    Staam reckons they were the better team?
    4 shots in 90 minutes with 70% possession
    Imagine that at SJP!

  • toontaff2

    Mar 8, 2017 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #9

    Some were saying they would be happy with 3 draws.
    Beating 1st and 3rd increased expectation.

  • VanToonMan

    Mar 8, 2017 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #10

    Sorry to read the latest update Ed but you’re a NUFC fan which means you’re a fighter and I have faith you will get through this!

    7 out of an available 9 points is great but it’s crucial the team do not get complacent. Fulham are a potential banana skin so we have to be mentally strong and clinical for these next 4 matches. We must win all 4 no doubt about it!

    How many points do people think we need to secure automatic?

  • toontaff2

    Mar 8, 2017 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #11

    Darlow, Dummett, Lascalles, Clark, Shelvey and Ritchie played every minute of all 3 matches.

  • toontaff2

    Mar 8, 2017 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #12

    Bound to be niggles, knocks and tiredness.
    Even JIB is lagging after that schedule! 👿

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 8, 2017 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #13

    Like most, I’m happy with 7 points from 9. I don’t think there is one fan or anyone associated with the club who wouldn’t have taken that amount of points prior to the Brighton game. I guess most would have thought 3 of the points would have come off of Reading, which perhaps takes some of the shine from it.

    However, if we were to drop points to any of the 3 teams, it was best that it was Reading.

    The unbeaten run continues and the end is in sight.

    Come on toon, let’s finish this off and start making preparations for the real show next season.


  • Novocastrian66

    Mar 8, 2017 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #14

    I still think 90 points will be enough to secure promotion. Huddersfield will need another 22 points to reach 90 from their 11 games, 6 of which are away from home.

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 8, 2017 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #15

    Novo…At this stage, Huddersfield are 2 points off of having a 2 point a game average over the whole season (works out at 1.94 pts per game), so no reason to think they can’t keep that up, so 90 will just be squeaking it, with Huddersfield on 89.

    If we keep up our average (currently 2.13 pts per game), we’ll finish with 98 points.

    It is looking good,but Rafa needs to keep the teams head in the right place, as he has done all season.

  • toontaff2

    Mar 8, 2017 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #16

    Could be worse – we could be Arsenal fans – imagine! 😮

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 8, 2017 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #17

    toontaff…Arsenal is an interesting one. The basics are all there and in many ways they are to be admired. I do get though that constantly failing to push on and actually win things doesn’t tie in with what the ambitions a club of that size should have.

    Were there fan demonstrations prior to the game? Read somewhere that it was planned, but haven’t seen anything since then. Perhaps it was led by the players? 🙂

  • toontaff2

    Mar 8, 2017 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #18…/Emirates-Stadium-Arsenal-fans-marching-Arsene-Wenger-furi

    Apparently all 200 of them!!!!
    All kids by the look of it!
    Seems more just never turned up – empty seats!!

  • toontaff2

    Mar 8, 2017 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #19

    Not sure about the link but all papers/pundits are reporting ‘200’ ‘fans’, apparently youngsters protested and plenty ‘boycotted’ the game!

  • martoon

    Mar 8, 2017 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #20

    Like everybody else I’m pleased with 7 points from the last 3 games. However the Fulham game this Saturday is a must win game and really is a potential banana skin. Unfortunately I have to miss it due to a family commitment – that might bring us some luck 🙂

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 8, 2017 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #21


    Not sure how many would have wanted to go and see them try and rescue a 5-1 deficit anyway…but let’s call it a boycott.

    What would you do? Do you think Wengers time is up? For all my admiration for him, it does seem time to try something new.

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 8, 2017 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #22

    martoon…”Must win”? We can deal with some losses prior to seasons end and whilst I would prefer we get the needed wins asap, no upcoming game is a “must win” imo.

  • martoon

    Mar 8, 2017 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #23

    Ibiza – Sure we can afford some losses but if we want to keep a gap to Brighton & Huddersfield I feel we need to win. If they start to catch us then we will feel the pressure even more.


    Mar 8, 2017 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #24

    They caught us before and we just pull away again. I don’t see how Huddersfield can catch us now

  • cyprus

    Mar 8, 2017 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #25

    Yorkie you have Huddersfield as champs and us second?!

    And Brighton out with 92?

    Maybe but I think the statistics will hold: anything over 90 gets you promoted.

    And in any case, only one team has reached 90 and not been promoted.

  • cyprus

    Mar 8, 2017 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #26

    Agree with Ibiza there

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 8, 2017 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #27

    I think must win is a bit over the top as well, even if we lost and Brighton won 10-0 we’d still be top.
    Also people calling any game between two top sides a six pointer? A six pointer is where one team is three ahead of the other one.

  • cyprus

    Mar 8, 2017 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #28

    Agree on losses, not Wenger!

    Wenger is tops

  • outside the box

    Mar 8, 2017 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #29

    if you fancy huddersfield to be top……w hill has them at 25-1…..toon are about 1-4…..
    toon are 1-100 for promotion …lets keep the faith

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 8, 2017 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #30

    Cyrprus…I didn’t say I don’t rate Wenger, just wondering whether he can take them any further?

    Do they even need to go any further? Whilst he has achieved great things, at what point should they be seriously challenging for honours?

    Martoon…Agreed. To keep the pressure at a minimum, we need to keep winning or games will actually become must win’s.

  • cyprus

    Mar 8, 2017 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #31

    I’ll tell you why I think stats will hold.

    The rest of the teams aren’t pushovers. They’ll gain points from all three teams. Our respective good runs will be slowed.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 8, 2017 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #32

    Been a great week in terms of points gained and we have a little international break coming up which might be good to rest a few of our players who have played a lot although Richie will be away with Scotland!

    Fulham provide a different kind of threat which hopefully Rafa has learned from or it could be similar to the Sheffield Wednesday game where we got bullied and outplayed

  • NezzaNUFC

    Mar 8, 2017 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #33

    7\9 points I’m over the moon 🙂

    On Wenger I’ve always admired the guy and fans can be harsh on him but football is changing and so are fans,I wouldn’t be surprised if Arsenal went for Ronald Koeman from Everton?

  • cyprus

    Mar 8, 2017 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #34

    If you are in the top four, you are receiving honors already.

    Also, it means you’re there, some luck, a couple players can give you that extra push.

    Who’s more likely for honors, Leicester or arsenal? The answer is obvious, so they could easily step up. They’ve done it and he has, before.

    I wouldn’t fire him. He’s among the very best.

  • NezzaNUFC

    Mar 8, 2017 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #35

    At the end of the day we produced results which gets us points and people still have us as second place candidates?!

    What makes you think the teams below us will win every game?

    And don’t forget the relegation zone teams will fight tooth and nail to to stay in the championship and lucky for us we are mostly against mid table teams so no real pressure on us whilst the top 6 have tough games to play.

    Like Rafa stated many times we will take 1 game at a time whilst other teams will focus on surrounding areas which is a habit in the championship if you look at the history.

  • NezzaNUFC

    Mar 8, 2017 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #36


    No doubt Arsenal have a role for Wenger probably as an ambassador or head of recruitment.

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 8, 2017 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #37

    Cyrpus…Not sure I completely agree with that. By finishing in the top four, you are qualifying to challenge for honours (in this case, the Champions League). By honours, I mean winning silverware, or seriously challenging at least.

    I get that they are pretty much there, in and about. They always start as contenders, but then you get to this stage of the season and it’s another season of almost. I can see where the frustration comes from. If Wenger was calling for more players etc, then it might hold water, but he’s seen as being far too happy to please the board, rather than actually win something, which is obviously what fans crave.

    Again, this is nothing to do with Wengers achievements in the past. I’ve nothing but respect for him and he was revolutionary for the PL, but that doesn’t mean he should keep the job forever.

    I’d like the idea of moving him to a board role or something, but many Arsenal supporting friends of mine don’t think a new manager would want him interfering with their own plans, which makes sense.


    Mar 8, 2017 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #38

    Tbf thats a similar argument to what people said when we wanted Pardew out, u should be happy with what u have. Am not an Arsenal fan but if I was i wouldn’t be happy about not being a consideration anymore (both the club itself and how the fans are treated by their board)

    They have huge funds but barely spend, they charge their fans disgusting amounts, they’ve pushed out a lot of tgeir fans and Wenger has been complicit in their stagnation. Now I don’t agree with the abuse he gets because he does care and hes been a great manager but football has moved on from his style and to a degree his attitude

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 8, 2017 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #39

    And just like that, Arsenals problems are solved.

    Swap Wenger for Pardew! 🙂

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 8, 2017 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #40

    The only people Wenger seems to be keeping happy are the owners/board members by bringing in that CL money year after year. It’s time for him to go.


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