Jamaal Lascelles had some really good comments after yesterday’s game against Arsenal. The Newcastle homepage have an article in which the skipper reveals his thoughts on what happened in the disappointing defeat.
This is some of what Jamaal has said:
“Overall, there were a lot of positives to take. We can’t drop our heads too much as we played some good football against a very good team.
“It was a shame we conceded in the way that we did.
“It was very annoying that we did that and I think, overall, we were probably the better team. They had a lot of possession but it was mostly in front of us and side to side which was comfortable to deal with.
“There’s a lot of frustration. It was not like they had scored from open play, playing one-twos and getting around us or scoring with quality play.
“It was from our own mistakes and, ultimately, it has cost us three points after a very good performance.
“We shot ourselves in the foot today and we’ll be looking to make sure we do not do that again.”
This is definitely the attitude you would want from the captain. It was Lascelles who drifted inside leaving Aubemayang unmarked where an Ainsley Maitland-Niles cross found him that was Newcastle’s ultimate undoing.
Lascelles will hopefully learn from this mistake as he says in the comments above. However, he is correct that Newcastle had Arsenal stifled and forced into a counter-attack on almost all of their chances. It was a glaring mistake and ultimately, the inability to mount a sufficient response that was the difference in the game.
Lascelles expands upon what Newcastle were able to do in the game with some further comments.
“I thought it was a very good first half. We’ve been working extremely hard in pre-season and we’ve got a philosophy which I think we stuck by today. We made it really hard for Arsenal.
“They have a quality team and they struggled to play forwards and get behind us at times to get shots away at goal. We need to take the positives from the game and not dwell on it too much.”
We’ll have to see how things improve in the coming weeks and that starts at Norwich on Saturday. It’s important to understand that Steve Bruce has only been here for three weeks and the lads have had to adapt to a whole new system and philosophy. It won’t happen overnight but there was enough to take away from this game to have hope that this slight bump in the road is not terminal and that things should improve.