Captain’s Savvy Message Today To Newcastle Players

We dare say that most Newcastle fans will think the game at Brighton on Sunday afternoon should be a relatively easy one for Newcastle.

But we learned last season in the Championship the easy games turn out to be the ones where shock results can occur.

Who would have thought we would lose at home to second-bottom Blackburn Rovers almost a year ago after we had won 9 games on the trot.

We lost 1-0 and played poorly and didn’t create a new record of 10 consecutive wins at Newcastle.


It also seems that Rafa Benitez has been telling the players not to get over-confident with the three successive league wins.

And captain Jamaal Lascelles has given another interview to the local press.

Rafa Benitez and captain Jamaal Lascelles last season – see eye to eye

We can make it 4 wins in a row at Brighton on Sunday, but Jamaal seems very cautious, and he had this to say, as reported in the Chronicle today:

“People will think we’re fourth and get carried away.”

“It’s good to be happy and I am pleased for the team but at the same time, we do have a long way to go.”

“I think the main thing for us, like last season, is to keep our heads down and work hard. We will keep listening to the boss.”

“He will think the same as me, we know we have to prepare and keep working hard.”

“We don’t want to get carried away and think that we are flying but that won’t achieve anything.”

“We must stay humble and keep playing.”

“It’s always nice to play my part for the team. But again it was a great performance from the boys as a team against Stoke.”

“Since the win over West Ham we have set a benchmark and we are looking to maintain and improve. That’s what we aim to do.”

“We don’t want to get carried away or ahead of ourselves but we are just taking it game by game. The energy we show and the determination and passion is there to see.”

“When it went to 1-1 against Stoke we showed energy. Two years ago that would have been a different story but it goes to show what characters we have on the pitch.”

“We will roll our sleeves up and grab a game with two hands. We will go and make sure we will win the game because we were the better team by miles.”

“It should have been a win by four or five goals.”

“These fans are unbelievable. If we perform on the pitch for them that’s what it’ll be like. They know we are giving our all.”

“We will keep fighting until the last minute and they know how well we play. There was no frustration from them.”

“Maybe only frustration that we didn’t score a few more but I am really pleased with the way they are, I thank them. I know they will always be like that.”

“This one will be a big game again. We know they will be up for it. They are a good team, especially down at their place.”

“But we beat them there last season and there’s no reason why we can’t go there and beat them again.”

Good words from Jamaal there and he seems to have learned so much form Rafa in a very short 18 months.

We cannot get carried away, and each game is worth 3 points – so we will try to take those 3 points on Sunday at the Amex Stadium.

Then we will have 12 points from six games and need only 28 points to get to the 40 we need to stay in the division.

That’s one humble way to think about it.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 21, 2017 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #1

    Expat…I am not sure that you are referring to…are you interested in my PTA meeting?

  • sing in the corner

    Sep 21, 2017 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #2

    Rafa’s getting the message through. There are pros and cons to having a youthful side, but from the words coming out they’re not getting carried away. Good.
    On the Perez substitution / ovation at the weekend that some are reading as a total change in attitude towards him..the way I saw it the crowd were worked up and noisy, part of the noise / ovation was that everyone was just wanting to be on their feet, yell and stamp at that point in the game, there was a lot going on. And part was some appreciation for him definitely having one of his better games. Not the massive point that has been much reported. Good signs from him.

  • expatmag

    Sep 21, 2017 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #3


    I am fairly sure you know full well what I referred to.

    Lets just say, if you have something to say, ssy it and dont beat about the bush.

  • Veltman

    Sep 21, 2017 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #4

    expatmag, I was about to ask him the same question but couldn’t be bothered as he usually is/was telling porkies.If anyone wants to hi five him and feed him, be my guest.

  • Mag52

    Sep 21, 2017 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #5


    Brighton at the Amex will not be an easy game. Hughton’s teams are always well organized, and they have a top goalie between the sticks.
    I’m going for a draw.

  • sing in the corner

    Sep 21, 2017 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #6

    Just wanna say…Simon Jordan? (Reading his headline seeking waffle / tweets about the toon)
    What a narcissistic bell end!!
    There, that’s better.

  • ballerfan2

    Sep 21, 2017 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #7

    We have a history of losing to teams we are expected to beat and when we are going well. Brighton have been a regular beneficiary of our carelessness, during cup competitions particularly. Come on – let’s put it right on Sunday. (Respect to Chris Hughton, a true gent).

  • expatmag

    Sep 21, 2017 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #8


    Seems a bit strange mate…..sounds like poking ones nose in where it doesnt belong

  • sing in the corner

    Sep 21, 2017 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #9

    I agree not an easy game, but personally I think Rafa is keeping the lads focused, our form and confidence is on a nice high, and Brighton will play to our strengths, so I think two nil to us. Krul not the keeper he once was.

  • expatmag

    Sep 21, 2017 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #10


    Well done sir. Now time for a cup of camomile tea and a large cuban cigar to calm down…….lol


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