Sky Sports Pundit In Awe Of Newcastle Captain – World Class Defending


40-year-old Kevin Kilbane, the former Sunderland player is now a pundit for BBC on Match of the Day 2, and he was full of praise for Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles after his brilliant performance for us yesterday at Swansea in the 1-0 win.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has great trust in his captain, and he got in touch with Jamaal yesterday morning once he knew he couldn’t make the game yesterday morning.

Rafa told Jamaal to make sure all the players were ready for this game and produced on the field.

The lads did exactly that and carried out the game plan almost to perfection.

Even the Swansea manager Paul Clement said after the game that Newcastle were the better side in all departments of the match yesterday.

Rafa Benitez and Jamaal Lascelles

This is what Kevin said about the Newcastle captain on Match of the Day 2:

“Rafa rang him on the morning of the game to discuss things and make sure the players were right.”

“He was right at it from the get go in this game – immediately close to Tammy Abraham, getting himself into good central positions.”

“He just seemed to pick the flight of every ball and head it away from danger.”

“What I like about the goal-line clearance is that he gets it done and how often do you just see a defender turn and stop – not having the desire to get back on the line.”

“It’s world class defending to get himself back on the line. It’s class, absolutely class.”

“The resulting corner he gets himself into the right position and heads away again. He just had the desire to win everything.”

“And talk about winning everything in the air – the match-winning goal is a superb header. Brilliantly timed run into the area and a great header.”

“A great all-round performance from him today; superb.”

Do you think Kevin Kilbane thinks Jamaal had a good game yesterday?

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96 comments so far

  • magspuggy

    Sep 11, 2017 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #1

    Rafa wont be going anywhere and ashley wont have to dig a hole in his wallpaper to back the club. All we have to do is keep taking the points from the bottom 2 middle clubs and make us safe for the season. The club can then reinvest its own earnings and push for better next season. Ashley happy rafa happy 90% of the fans happy and on we go. Our club was in a mess and is now on the right track . The rebuild will not be quick or easy but it will happen and it will work. Rafa has most of what he wants right here right now and is proving he is the right man for the job.
    Exciting time to be a geordie atm the best is yet to come.

    Missed the bus 🙂

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  • KevinHann

    Sep 11, 2017 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #2

    Repost:

    Hey folks, I can swear I saw someone post a link with Merino’s highlights against West Ham earlier. If there is one, would you mind sharing it here? I’d like to show it to a friend but it seems my google skills are failing me!

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Sep 11, 2017 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #3

    Lot of hate for Perez on here lol. There always has to be someone doesn’t there?? For me he isn’t playing the best football he has shown previously but he has been involved and contributed to two ‘team’ performances in a row. Yesterday he was patchy but did improve attacking wise as the game wore on. We currently do not have a #10 and Perez is the closest to that, which Rafa and the coaches seem to agree on. Puts in a lot of work to support the striker which is often unnoticed. Baring in mind that he hasn’t had a #10 to learn off to play the position since de Jong being injured or on loan.

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  • santon3

    Sep 11, 2017 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #4

    yes sky sports pundits awe about our captain and our team performance in total about 5 minutes, then complain about Ritchie high boot about 30 minutes. Either Mane red card rescinded or Ritchie gets 3 match ban, but on other TV pundits Jason Mccateer defended Ritchie yellow card is fair.

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  • Ron Knee

    Sep 11, 2017 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #5

    KH

    I posted a link to Merino’s highlights a while ago.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Sep 11, 2017 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #6
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 11, 2017 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #7

    Aarons…that’s a fair argument but some will say that doesn’t reply…only when Rafa’s decisions suits their arguments…

    But personally I do think Perez has been too inconsistent but the problem is like you say there’s no better option when playing with a #10…

    …other than changing formation…and that is based on all of last season as well!

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 11, 2017 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #8

    Ron…is their any broadcast from the u23 game? Radio or just transcript?

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  • hibbit

    Sep 11, 2017 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #9

    santon3

    Ritchie can not receive a retrospective ban, he got a yellow and that’s the end of it

    the so called pundits should read the rules before opening there mouths

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  • Ron Knee

    Sep 11, 2017 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #10

    jesper

    It’ll be shown live on NUFCTV tonight!

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  • Belfast

    Sep 11, 2017 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #11

    It’s in Morse code on .co.uk Jesper.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Sep 11, 2017 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #12

    Regarding the topic of ‘pundits’, what still annoys me is on motd v Spurs, they never even shown the gayle offside/onside call when he broke through and won a penalty. Even yesterday, we were the better team according to Paul clement yet judging by the highlights, we were second best.

    One bonus is that Rafa won’t need anything extra to motivate the team since we’re not going to get any favours from anyone so we need to turn up to every game and not get complacent like we did at times last year. We are underdogs in most games according to these pundits and we should use that.

    I do think a yellow is right for Ritchie but I wouldn’t complain at all if he had got a red. Same with mane, I said on Saturday night that he couldn’t complain for getting red carded. It’s one of them where you will get inconsistencies for these type of incidents. Huddersfield player on mbemba should have been penalised too, whether a yellow or a red. Perhaps if they had brought it up on motd then maybe we could have avoided the circus this weekend.

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  • Ron Knee

    Sep 11, 2017 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #13

    Belfast

    Moving pictures, mate!

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  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Sep 11, 2017 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #14

    gonufc
    Yes Merino dived and it looked bad. But he chose to go down when he was pulled back by the shoulder. Unfortunately, it seems unless you fall over a referee won’t give you a freekick, even if it is a foul. This has lead to the situation whereby as soon as a player feels contact, he pulls his legs up and falls to the ground. I think it more sensible that when you feel the tug of the shirt, you stop, go with the tug, but not fall over, whilst looking at the offending player tutting and raising the shoulders in the WTF was that for getsure. When someone tugs your shirt or taps or tugs your shoulder, in normal life, you don’t fall over, but in football you do. Go figure.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Sep 11, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #15

    With regards to Ritchie/ Mane, I’m sure goalkeepers get extra protection in one-on-ones, possibly because of what happened with Cech a few years back. I could be wrong. Also Ritchie didn’t kick him in the face, he grazed him if that. A yellow seems about right.

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  • Ron Knee

    Sep 11, 2017 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #16

    jesper

    Have you signed up? It’s free.

    https://www.nufc.co.uk/

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Sep 11, 2017 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #17

    Jesper
    Yeah he has been inconsistent and sometimes made the wrong choice of whether to pass or shoot but young players are inconsistent, unless if you’re a messi/ ronaldo type player. For me he is learning on the job about the #10 role, hasn’t had anyone to learn from which is tough since it is a hard and specialist position. One thing is that, although he has struggled at times to get involved, he’s never went hiding or decided to go all lazy. For this, I personally can never criticise a player.

    Don’t think we’ll be changing formation anytime soon, it’s rafas preference and to be fair, is quite flexible since it can turn to a 433 or 442 very easily.

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  • santon3

    Sep 11, 2017 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #18

    hibbit

    I think they just hate us, they got Mitro banned

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  • hibbit

    Sep 11, 2017 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #19

    ronaldo aarons

    I quite like the idea of being the under dog it does take away a lot of the pressure and allows the team to play a more natural

    if sunday was anything to go by we looked very relaxed with being underdogs

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  • Belfast

    Sep 11, 2017 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #20

    Ron

    /././. GOAL

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Sep 11, 2017 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #21

    Merino incident, I don’t think he dived since Olson did tug his arm back and by his reaction straight away the defender knew he pulled him. Diving is when there is no contact. Did he get pulled back enough to fall? No. Was it a penalty? No it was outside the box anyway. Do I want to see him go down easily again? No. Does this happen in every match? Hell yes!!

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  • hibbit

    Sep 11, 2017 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #22

    santon3
    you could be right

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Sep 11, 2017 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #23

    Lascelles is only 23. If he continues to get games at this level he will be a top class defender. Centre halfs don’t usually get good until about 26-28. Mbemba & Hayden are other ones who are still young for their positions and still learning.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Sep 11, 2017 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #24

    Hibbit
    Yeah I agree. Think it suits us and plays into our hands. When we feel pressure, we tend to perform poorly. That’s why we often have done well against the bigger teams but not so well against the teams we have been expected to beat. Season we got relegated for example, lose 5-1 to palace then beat Liverpool and Tottenham to then lose to villa (think it may have been a draw actually).

    Saying that, we were under pressure in the run in last for 1st place and we pulled it out the bag.

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  • hibbit

    Sep 11, 2017 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #25

    still dont understand why Mitro except the charge why didn’t he fight it, unless of course he did do it

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  • KevinHann

    Sep 11, 2017 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #26

    @ 6 ronaldo aarons

    Thanks!

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 11, 2017 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #27

    Ron…is it on nude.co.uk you say?

    Haven’t signed up no! I’ll have a look

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 11, 2017 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #29

    Aarons…it is flexible…and I’ll love to see some of that flexibility 🙂

    …it seems it’s only 4-4-1-1 we switch to!

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  • KevinHann

    Sep 11, 2017 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #30

    Folks, what do you think about Shelvey’s reintroduction to the squad? I’m fine with leaving him out yesterday to teach him a lesson and as a general point to the entire squad that when you do something stupid, there will be consequences. But in the longer run he’s not a player for the bench. Do you think Rafa would consider rearranging the midfield to get him in with Merino and Hayden, or he could serve as a direct replacement for Ayoze? It’s great to have this kind of dilemma btw, nice change from the usual “who can play at LB with all our naturals injured”!

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Sep 11, 2017 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #31

    Jesper
    Lol I know right! To be fair, I thought v West Ham Perez played further up front and it seemed more of a 442.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 11, 2017 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #32

    ronaldo
    canny strikes from Longstaff – do you think he has over-taken Armstrong in the pecking order???

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Sep 11, 2017 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #33

    Kevin
    For me shelvey needs to wait for his opportunity. He had the shirt and threw it away. Merino has taken it with both hands. Only way I see shelvey and merino working well is if it involves Hayden and we play 3 in the centre rather than 2. It’s a long season so he will get his opportunity. Not a fan of fitting a player in just because he is good, I think it upsets the balance of the team. This is something I think England have a had a problem with too, trying to fit all there best players and not necessarily having the best team.

    Wouldn’t play him as a #10 either even though he had a few games there at Swansea under laudrup. Just dont see him suited to that position. Not knocking shelvey but one thing Ive always said is he doesn’t know how to dictate the tempo of a match whereas merino has been doing this very well.

    We seem well stocked throughout the team other than #10 and at left back. Dummett and Perez being the only ones there who in all honesty should be an understudy.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 11, 2017 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #34

    Aarons…both Longstaff and Gilliead seems to be doing well out on loan…

    Anyone knows how Armstrong is doing?

    I wouldn’t dare asking how Sterry is doing in general with the knowledge of upsetting someone special on here…

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 11, 2017 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #35

    Ron…don’t go to nude.co.uk mate 😉 lol

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Sep 11, 2017 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #36

    Charlie
    I don’t think he’s overtaken him since he is a cm/am and Armstrong is a striker. I am a fan of him though as he has looked levels above the u23 since the start of last year. Scored a lot of goals from midfield too.

    I was on here a lot last year banging on about how he should be given a chance in the championship with us since we lost shelvey and didn’t have a proper #10 (glad we’ve sorted that though lol). He ended up going on loan after jam and impressed. Surprised to see him go to a league 1 team but not surprised to see him doing well.

    He should go to a championship team after January. But yeah, I would nt compare him with Armstrong. What you could compare is toney and Armstrong however since arma has yet to hit the heights in the championship while toney highest league he has played is league 1 but is improving lots.

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  • Mindshaft

    Sep 11, 2017 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #37

    How is Armstrong doing out on loan – wasn’t so long ago a lot on here were calling him the answer

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  • Ron Knee

    Sep 11, 2017 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #38

    jesper

    The mind boggles!

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 11, 2017 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #39

    Ron…just signed up 🙂

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  • Clematis

    Sep 11, 2017 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #40

    I can’t believe Sky and MOTD are still trying to stitch us up re the Ritchie high foot.

    To compare it to Mane’s is a joke. Whether he meant it or not, that fcuker nearly took Citeh’s keeper’s face off. The poor bastad was given oxygen on the pitch. The keeper’s face was in shreds and he had to come off.

    Ritchie took that kick side-on and – ooooh – scuffed the highly overrated Mawson’s arm, who was ducking down. A yellow was even harsh in my eyes especially after witnessing the..ahem..new Drogba take Mbemba’s heed off with no card given.

    I love it when we keep winning…watching Sky pundits squirm is priceless!

    And although we are 4231 we are certainly not in attack. We counter like Dortmund.

    And I think we play some great football. Maybe you’ve just actually gotta be there to see it…..

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