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Jamaal Lascelles Surprising View Of Tough Upcoming Games

Jamaal Lascelles has been interviewed in the Chronicle today.

Our next three league games are against Chelsea (H), Manchester City (A) and Arsenal (H) but the captain doesn’t think that will be a difficult period for us.

They are three top-six clubs, but the positive thing is that we beat both Chelsea and Arsenal at home last season and maybe we can do that again.

It’s a pity we couldn’t have got the win on Saturday, but it’s not worth crying over spilt milk since we cannot change things now.

Jamaal Lascelles and Ciaran Clark in action at Cardiff

Jamaal seems to be confident for the season, and even his place in the team will come under pressure with new center-backs Fabian Schar and Federico Fernandez both pushing for a starting place in the side.

This is what a positive Jamaal has said:

“I wouldn’t say this is a difficult period at all.”

“We’ve got a couple of players who have suffered little knocks and, at the weekend, we had to deal with a red card, but as a team, I think we got through that OK.”

“We’ll get through these next few games. We’ve got a big squad and good players in every area.”

“There’s no need to panic. We’ll just stay calm and train hard, and whatever team the gaffer decides to go for, it will be a good one. We’ll go again.”

“To be honest, I wasn’t looking (at the penalty),”

“I was waiting for a cheer from our fans, but when it came, I knew it was from their fans.”

“It was obviously disappointing, and we would have loved to have been going home with all three points, but that’s football.”

“We started last season with two defeats, so at least we managed to come away with something.”

“We just have to stay positive; there’s no point dwelling on the negatives.”

“It almost felt like a loss to be honest because the game was there for the taking,” 

“It’s obviously disappointing when you miss a last-minute penalty to win the game, but it’s a mistake, it happens.”

“Cardiff made it difficult for us. It was physical, they try to win a lot of second balls, and they’re dangerous from set pieces.”

“But I thought we coped well with it.”

“Going down to 10 men obviously didn’t help at all, but the boys worked hard. We stopped them from scoring and came away with a point, so it’s not too bad.”

“It was hard enough with 11 men. Their style is play is different. We’ve had a year in the Premier League, and we’d kind of forgotten what that style was like.”

“They were obviously refreshed and we had to adapt. Credit to both teams really; I thought it was a good, close-fought game.”

It was a hard-fought game but not very good to watch – and both teams looked ordinary.

It will be a moment of truth in the next week starting next Sunday when we play Chelsea at home in the 4:00pm game.

We then play Nottingham Forest away in the League Cup on Wednesday and then we are at Manchester City the following Saturday before the International break.

The game at Manchester City is probably the most difficult game of the season for the other teams in the Premier League.

Those three results will give us all a better idea of how much better the team is this season – if at all.

Comments welcome.

45 comments so far

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 21, 2018 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #1

    Sending offs
    He’ll of a record….
    131 premier league games since a sending off of a player against us…1,671 days
    136 premier league games since we have had a numerical advantage…1,704 days
    Went through the entire 14/15, 15/16 nd 17/18 season with no red cards against us

    In that time we have had 17 players sent off

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 21, 2018 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Charlie, one Hell of a statistical anomaly. Not sure I buy into the ‘infamy, infamy, they’ve all got it infamy’ schtick.

    That said, we’ve been on the end of some rough decisions. Harry Kane on LeJeune for eg. The FA review board has picked up a couple of them, but it doesn’t help us in a game.

    You’d think we would have even seen one of those daft ones where a player gets booked for dissent and then gets a second yellow for kicking the ball away, but no….

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 21, 2018 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #3

    Me as well, I do not think for a minute the FA or other governing bodies have it in for us we’ve just been unlucky.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 21, 2018 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #4


    Some of the reds we’ve had in that time have been ridiculous as have some that haven’t been given for us.

    The one that always sticks out is Luiz of Chealsea after about 60 secs of the game, it was a straight red for a professional foul, the Ref didn’t give it and after the match admitted it should have been a red but he didn’t want to spoil the game so early.

    We waited quite a while for a penalty too.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 21, 2018 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #5

    Was that the one we lost three nil at the end of the unbeaten run. If so that was the best I seen us play during that eleven game unbeaten run.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 21, 2018 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #6

    I blame the refs themselves.

    They see a incident and who’s involved decides the outcome.

    Certain teams and players will always have a blind eye turned and others who’s cards are marked get hammered.

    I bet if you looked at Kane and Ali’s challenges over 2 seasons then looked at Shelvey and Mitro tberell be little between the chalenges all four commit yet two are hammered at every opportunity.

    It’s a human trait, the Ref can’t look objectively at any incident, they’ll all have a bogeyman

  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Aug 21, 2018 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #7

    Loving the return to social media of the great Shite Direct empire…..

    As for the next three games – appreciate confidence of Lascelles but there is no basis for it. Cardiff and us will struggle this year on the showing at the weekend – both teams cannot create or score.

    As for us getting penalties – I guess every fan feels the same way, but when you cant score from them it does not matter 🙂

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 21, 2018 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #8

    Not sure if it’s in the timeframe mentioned, but there was the assault on Haidara by the Wigan player which effectively ended his Newcastle career (and possibly his career full stop, time will tell).

    Shocking that this was such a poor challenge that it actually led to the FA changing their rules on retrospective punishment.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 21, 2018 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #9


    Aye I think it was, it was one of the worst decisions I’ve witnessed it was ridiculous.

  • posada

    Aug 21, 2018 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #10

    It should not take long to turn the right ex pro player into a top ref.
    The speed of thought they have would give them a great advantage.
    They say you can’t teach experience.
    Well actually you can.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 21, 2018 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #11

    It’s a few years back but as I rember Luiz was pulling our player for about 30 yards before eventually taking him down.

    The ref could have sent him off for a pro foul or denying a goal scoring opportunity, many reasons and no one would have batted a eye lid.

    I don’t even think he got a yellow, at the same time I was foaming so may have missed it.

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 21, 2018 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #12

    posada, agreed. I thought about reposting from the last thread but it didn’t seem relevant to this one.

    They’re trained from a young age to look at a match analytically, to see shapes, patterns and movement in their peripheral vision, spot trends in players and remember details of their behaviour. This would surely make them an excellent ref.

    Only downside I can think of is a bias against certain players and / or clubs, but as discussed above, it’s likely that any and all refs have that issue.

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 21, 2018 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #13

    Aug 21, 2018 at 9:18 AM
    Comment #3
    RobLeenio – being shouted at by drunken know-nowts

    A bit like being on this blog then.”

    On match-days, defo….

  • posada

    Aug 21, 2018 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #14

    Someone stamped on one of our players in the Spurs game.
    What was it not malicious enough.
    Shelvey put his toe on Deli Ali and off he went.

    Infamy. I used to think my boss had it in for me. I was being paranoic, but I was also correct the Blighty did have it in for me.

    Refs don’t like big decisions. If they are reffing a big club lesser club game and the lesser club should have a penner or the bigger club player should have been sent off, you can almost see their minds think shine a light that wasnt in the script I’ll pretend I didnt see it.

  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Aug 21, 2018 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #15

    Is it bias or just we don’t play savvy …..

    remember Vinny Jones admitting to ‘helping’ a player he fouled up by pulling the armpit hairs (looks like you helping) and when the player reacts Vinny stands back all innocent – result player gets booked for retaliation and as for diving ………

  • Jib

    Aug 21, 2018 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #16
  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Aug 21, 2018 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #18

    True Jib – one hell of a combe over

  • posada

    Aug 21, 2018 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #19

    Blighter even.

    I still think the FA is an old fashioned organisation with a strict pecking order.
    Know your place get in line and take ten years to get anywhere.
    Some of the young refs they have fast tracked are not a great deal better generally.

    Howard Webb I always thought he got the giggs cos he looked the part. Never forgave him for disallowing Vidukas goal that sent us down. He’d seen one of our players foul in the box the week before just before we scored. He programmed his mind to look for it so much he actualy thought he had seen a foul when clearly there wasnt.

  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Aug 21, 2018 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #20

    Posada – love a man that can keep a grudge 😉

  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Aug 21, 2018 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #21

    see we are now part of eTorro – The landmark deal will be paid in bitcoin – the first and largest cryptocurrency – and will see eToro become an official club partner.

    Bitcoin – is this to keep HMRC away – ycmiu

  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 21, 2018 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #22


    Can you do the rest of the PL clubs as well, to see how we compare?!!

  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 21, 2018 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #23

    Rather than the generally accepted pairings of Joselu/Rondon with a more quicker agile Perez/Motu, i wonder what peoples views would be if Rafa started with Rondon and Joselu together? And a partnership between Perez & Motu?

    Having two big guys that could hold onto the ball between them could offer defenders a harder challenge than many are used to facing these days. Plus the quick and agile movement of Motu around Perez as a main striker dashing into space would be at the other end of the scale and be difficult for opposition managers to set up tactically against.

  • Jib

    Aug 21, 2018 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #24

    etoro ended a 3 year year deal with West Ham
    in June.
    Interesting they have moved from a London based club to us

  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Aug 21, 2018 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #25

    Lindisfarne – hadn’t put Perez down as a speed merchant – his problem he closes himself down – instead of running into space he constantly tries to dribble around player – oh and never looks up or plays the right pass

    Other than that he is Messi

  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Aug 21, 2018 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #26

    Jib – I think its not just our club -also Tottenham Hotspur, Crystal Palace, Southampton, Brighton & Hove Albion, Cardiff City and Leicester City

  • hibbit

    Aug 21, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #27


    aye very messy !!!

  • Jib

    Aug 21, 2018 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #28

    Oh O K

  • Jib

    Aug 21, 2018 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #29

    Also Crystal Palace

  • Jib

    Aug 21, 2018 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #30

    Ah you said CP
    This headline in the Torygraph probably explains it

    “Premier League clubs trial cryptocurrency as experts predict
    bitcoins will replace sterling in transfer industry”

  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 21, 2018 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #31

    A bit of “wise”…


  • RobLeenio

    Aug 21, 2018 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #32

    Micky, love it


  • dig-n-dig22

    Aug 21, 2018 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #33

    I am sure that the top six Prem teams receive preferential treatment when things don’t go their way on the pitch. I remember a few years back, The FA decided to have a purge on player dissent against officials, We were playing Chelsea at the Bridge and were 2 1 down, we were having a purple patch and looked good for an equaliser, Dyer won a throw in, the linesman gave it the other way “blatant mistake as shown in the replay” Dyer dished out a few choice words and was off with a second yellow, the decision clearly killed any chance of us getting anything from the game, this was at a time when Roy Keane was always in the ref’s face when he didn’t get his own way. on another occasion we were at home to Arsenal, we were holding our own, doing OK, Arsenal won a free kick in our half Lorent Robert stood in front of the ball to prevent the kick from being taken early which was the norm, Berkamp ” the TWAT” kicked the ball against Robert’s shins and gestured that Robert obstructed the free kick and Robert received a 2nd yellow, we managed a 1 1 draw with 10 men.

  • Jib

    Aug 21, 2018 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #34

    Should harangue the little shit about the above on social media

  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Aug 21, 2018 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #35

    Jib – replace Sterling !!!!! you cant say that

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 21, 2018 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #36

    *adds ‘goldfish poisoning’ to the list of reasons to dislike the squinty little thug

  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Aug 21, 2018 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #37

    Anyone seen the shitedirect twitter feed – you gotta love the creativity.

  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Aug 21, 2018 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #38

    Robleenio – damning evidence fron Sir Les ” I helped a few people over the wall” – that’s how the garden gnome got in

  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Aug 21, 2018 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #39

    I also reckon he couldn’t get back out so had to sit still for a few days – this led to a blue Peter competition – https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/quizzes/bp-quiz-spot-the-gnome?collection=world-cup-2018

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 21, 2018 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #40

    “I also reckon he couldn’t get back out so had to sit still for a few days – this led to a blue Peter competition”

    Somebody has to photoshop that….


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