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Reports – Benitez And Lascelles Fall Out After Argument In Training



NBC Sports reported before the game today at St. James’ Park they were hearing rumors that Rafa Benitez and captain Jamaal Lascelles had a fall-out in training this week,

The news is Rafa wanted Jamaal to play on the right of a back three for the Chelsea game and Jamaal is reported to have refused.

We assume Rafa would play Federico Fernandez in the middle.

If that’s true then it’s the very last thing we want to happen – problems within the squad – self-inflicted.

Especially between the manager and captain who have both been outstanding over the last two successful seasons.

Rafa Benitez and Jamaal Lascelles in happier times

When you look at it – if the news is true – then Jamaal is at fault because he should play where Rafa wants him to play.

And Rafa seems to have quickly put his foot down and didn’t include Jamaal in the squad for today’s game against Chelsea.

There were even rumors this morning that Jamaal would not be in the squad.

Oh my – now we really need a win today.

Comments welcome.


173 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 26, 2018 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #121

    Nice to see how we have responded to being one down! Kudos

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 26, 2018 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #122

    Didnt someone pick joselu as top scorer

    0
  • Toon Tang

    Aug 26, 2018 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #123

    Bollocks

    0
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 26, 2018 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #124

    Hmm!

    0
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 26, 2018 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #125

    Yoi.

    0
  • Canuck Mag

    Aug 26, 2018 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #126

    FFS typical

    0
  • manxpie

    Aug 26, 2018 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #127

    Ffs never a free kick either

    1
  • Our Toon

    Aug 26, 2018 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #128

    Unlucky yedlin, he’s done really well today

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Aug 26, 2018 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #129

    Well that didn’t take long.

    0
  • TomaKaThor

    Aug 26, 2018 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #130

    Ref has been shambolic far all from a free kick that wasn’t

    1
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 26, 2018 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #131

    Yedlin, a stray leg and it trickles into the net.

    Been our best player too.

    Cruel, cruel football.

    1
  • Munster Mag

    Aug 26, 2018 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #132

    As I was saying, ksy is awful

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  • Toon Tang

    Aug 26, 2018 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #133

    The returns on O2.5 goals just before that pen woulda been huge

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  • manxpie

    Aug 26, 2018 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #134

    This is an upgraded champo ref i remember him from our time there all in all shocking

    1
  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Aug 26, 2018 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #135

    Perez is a master of winning free kicks. The new Jonas.

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  • davetoon

    Aug 26, 2018 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #136

    Ahh cmon

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Aug 26, 2018 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #137

    Yep Ki is no Jonjo.

    1
  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 26, 2018 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #138

    Ki has been hopeless today. And so was rondon.

    Either way our football today deserves a loss. Just absolutely pathetic by Rafa.

    5
  • jimiley

    Aug 26, 2018 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #139

    IT was just great to see a Toon goal. I would have been happy with a shot on goal. Not bothered about the results anymore.

    2
  • jimiley

    Aug 26, 2018 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #140

    The same team played Chelsea off the pitch a few months ago. Anything to say Rafa about 90 per cent possession?

    3
  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 26, 2018 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #141

    why does yedlin always let his man go

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  • TomaKaThor

    Aug 26, 2018 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #142

    Ref has been totally inconsistent. Wasn’t a penalty in a million years and too add insult one of the many free kick that he gave that wasn’t even a free kick lead to there second

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 26, 2018 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #143

    jimiley

    no lascelles, no shelvey and the fact that chelsea’s players cost 8 times what ours do.

    2
  • cyprus

    Aug 26, 2018 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #144

    So our worst start for 13 years.

    The only justification for that would’ve been a result.

    We can do better.

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 26, 2018 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #145

    Rafa now has a face like a slapped arse but we were a joke so he can moan all he wants re the useless ref. Yedlin elbow cud easily have been a free kick to them

    3
  • toon kk

    Aug 26, 2018 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #146

    Outclassed by a premier league club.
    Unfortunate about the pelanty and own goal but that was unacceptable football.

    2
  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 26, 2018 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #147

    Get used to it. We will be seeing this football next week too.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 26, 2018 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #148

    Story of the day is ref undid all our fastidious defensive work.

    Until then Dubravka had 2 comfy saves to make and they hit the bar from range – that’s it.

    Joselu’s well taken header was the only well-crafted chance by either team all match.

    Then Yedlin with a fatal stray leg.

    The fact we can keep matches like that so tight with those personnel is heartening, but that will become disheartening for the players unless they start getting rewards for their efforts.

    I’m more concerned with how we look in more even contests, that’s where we need to gather points in the main.

    3
  • cyprus

    Aug 26, 2018 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #149

    MOM for me:

    The much maligned,

    Joselu. Amazing goal.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 26, 2018 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #150

    I’m glad the match is over. But I’m dreading next week. Another 90% possession that I need to endure.

    0
  • Munster Mag

    Aug 26, 2018 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #151

    Rotunda how can you accept that type of performance. As I said, we ain’t Halifax. If pardew had done that with the same team you would kill him. I know they have better players but that was awful. Shelvey wud have made little difference on those possession stats.

    2
  • Our Toon

    Aug 26, 2018 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #152

    If yedlin hadn’t got his foot on it then Barkley would have tapped it in. We deserved nothing though, anti football bollocks, I’d rather get relegated than to watch that shite served up by rafa today

    3
  • Jib

    Aug 26, 2018 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #153

    No wonder the bent bastards don’t want VAR
    He would have been shown up as the incompetent
    that he is

    4
  • Black and white armpit

    Aug 26, 2018 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #154

    Rafa must love setting teams up to play like this, he’s gone after this season, It’ll be hurting him even more than most of us.

    1
  • manxpie

    Aug 26, 2018 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #155

    Jesus who would have made us play more expansive football?
    Our 1st choice cb cm and lw were out ffs probably our best players
    A strike force worth 5 million ya know the same as a league 1 strike force!
    If you have any anger it should all be directed at mike ashley and the kurnt of a ref!

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 26, 2018 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #156

    Match had 0-0 all over it until ref decidied to give a penalty for a defender tackling the ball. Not sure what people were expecting, we don’t have the forward and attacking players to go toe to toe with Chelsea. Average cost of line up £4.something million and £35m. I’ll let you guess which was which.

    3
  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 26, 2018 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #157

    Dummett lost his man again.
    There was no way we were going to win that. Joselu – tremendous header – and thats about it.

    Games like this shows true levels – Dummett, Joselu, Rondon, Ki, Ritchie (forget about his work rate) are not high levels players at all.

    Down to Tubbs not providing funds. Expect more of this rubbish.

    2
  • Slank

    Aug 26, 2018 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #158

    Did Benetez select the wrong tactics and formation ?

    After we went a goal down we started to compete and more than match Chelsea.

    I was impressed with Yedlin, Diame, Dubrafka and Rondon.

    Don’t know what to make of Fernandez and Schar as it wasn’t a defensive unit we have seen before and hopefully not again.

    Was Ki on the field ?

    0
  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 26, 2018 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #159

    Even wolves gave city a go and had chances to win the game. Todays set up by Rafa was coward football.

    1
  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 26, 2018 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #160

    ILoveToon
    You should be thrilled, you predicted 5-0 to Chelsea. Why you so upset now that it was only 2-1 and why you complaining about Rafa? He did better than you predicted.

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