Jamaal Lascelles is a big player for Newcastle, and when he was not in the team before Christmas, we had an abysmal time of it when we picked up only one point in nine league games.
But since he returned Newcastle have done a lot better, with the captain able to organize and inspire from the back.
Jamaal is attracting the attention of some big clubs now because of his excellent play and leadership, but there’s no way he will be leaving Newcastle.
Jamaal Lascelles – we have heart and determination
This is what Jamaal Lascelles has said in the Chronicle today as he talks about our strengths:
“Lately we haven’t been getting what we deserve. But finally, we’ve got three points against a really big team here.”
“It’s been a good few years since we last beat Man United and we must take confidence from this. It’s massive.”
“But like I say with these bigger teams they’ll have massive players on big wages.”
“They are world-class players but they won’t always have the same heart and determination as we have.”
“I said before the game against Man United that our hard work and endeavor will get us over the line, and that’s exactly what we did.”
“You can have all the ability in the world but if you don’t want to work and put your foot in, be aggressive and make them play, there’s no point being here.”
Great words there from the Newcastle captain and we saw our players play with that terrific passion, guts, courage and not a little skill against the Red Devils.
Those attributes – built from the ground up by Mr. Benitez, will stand us in good stead as we fight for every point in the final 11 games of the season.
And if we survive it’s likely to be another massive celebration for Newcastle fans who will hail Rafa once again and implore him to stay on Tyneside.
That’s after Mike Ashley stupidly put the club in great danger – one again.
It was a terrific game and result against the Red Devils to lift the spirits of Newcastle fans everywhere.
And it was the first win against then in six years when we tore them apart 3-0 at St. James Park back in January 2012 and went on to finish in 5th place in the league.
But now we have to produce a similar all-out performance at Dean Court on Saturday and hopefully get another 3 points in the bag against the Cherries.
We cannot get carried away with one win.
Then we will need only need three wins in 10 games to secure 40 points and hopefully – safety in the Premier League.
We can do it!