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.