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25-Year-Old Was Up For Liverpool Challenge But Says Brighton Is Massive

Jamaal Lascelles put in a reliable performance against Liverpool, but the Reds proved to be just too good in the end. The big man at the back made some crucial clearances that helped keep the game close.

Jamaal spoke after the match and was happy with aspects of the performance. He did bemoan some of the errors, however considering the opposition, it was a decent performance overall.

Lascelles knows that next weekend is a different animal, so to speak. Brighton is a massive opportunity for three points and one that the lads shouldn’t let slip away.

This is what Jamaal said to the official Newcastle website after the game.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game. Liverpool are a good side, and we started off really well. Unfortunately, we let them back into the game but, overall, we shouldn’t let our heads drop as they’re a really strong side.

“The game plan was going very well, and we started off brightly. We thought if we defend well, we can do well against them, but even if it’s a lack of concentration for a second, these teams can hurt you.

“It was a great goal from Jetro, and I thought we came out of the blocks really sharp. It was just a shame that we couldn’t hold onto the lead, but we’ll look back at the videos and how we could have stopped the goals.

“There were a few mistakes in there, but sometimes you have to respect the other team as they are Champions League winners.

“There are positives to take from the first half in particular, and we need to make sure we don’t let our heads drop. We have a big game against Brighton coming up, and it’s a one we need to be getting three points from so that’s what we’ll be looking to do.”

Jamaal reiterated some of his points from his interview on Twitter.

This week is a massive game at home to Brighton who are placed just one place above Newcastle in the table. This is a key week for this club. Failing to get the full three points on Saturday will be a step backward for Steve Bruce.

It is also an important week for a few of our players who will be assessed as to their availability for Saturday. Andy Carroll could make his return to St James Park if all goes well during training this week.

Sean Longstaff missed out at Liverpool due to his ankle injury, and Steve Bruce has been unable to give an update on him for this weekend. We should find out more in the coming days.

Fabian Schar’s availability is also a question mark after he left the Liverpool game with a calf injury. Like with Sean, we should find out more about Fabian’s injury early this week.

With a bit of luck, all three could be available for Brighton which would significantly increase Bruce’s options for the match.

9 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 16, 2019 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #1

    I think once Almiron arrived last season and started to dovetail with Rondon and Perez we became far more fluid and free flowing and moved away from being so defensive but were still compact.

    I don’t think there is the need to be so defensive now. St Max and Almiron flanking Joelinton in a front 3 or with Muto head of a diamond behind Joelinton and dare I say Carroll, a la Beardo supporting AS and LF back in the day.

    I used to be very much a fan of a sweeper , eg 3 CBs, but 433 seems the most potent these days. Injuries are a concern though, not just now but looking at Bruce’s previous clubs too.

  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 16, 2019 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #2

    Sep 16, 2019 at 9:55 AM
    Comment #42
    Re. Perez……… I was one of the many that didn’t really see how he was worth 30m . The few good games he had towards the end of last season after the introduction of Miggy and Rondon didn’t really convince me that his inconsistency and weakness on the ball that he was good enough to be a top PL player.

    If he was in the righ place at the right time then he was quite adept at scoring goals with his deft little flicks but his shooting from a dead ball position was very poor.

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Sep 16, 2019 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #3

    Linking injuries with Bruce is a red herring.

    Other than ASM’s hamstring all the others are knocks which can happen no matter what training you do.

    Too many hamstrings, groin and calf injuries are a sign of poor training and warm up routines.

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Sep 16, 2019 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #4

    I see someone suggesting Dummett is dropped when Lejeune is fit.

    Dummy is the best defender we have by a country mile and without a doubt he has found his best position on the left of a back three.

    The amount of interceptions and saving tackles he makes is double that of Schar and Lascelles put together.

    He is also deceptively quick – there was a ball played in the second half to the right of the box in space for Salah and Dummy gave him a head start, got in front and Salah fouled him out of frustration.

    Our defence would be weaker without Dummy for definite.

    Drop him?

    No way imo.

  • Geordie-john

    Sep 16, 2019 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #5

    WHO is Rony Lopez ? And if he comes in then who is going ? MUTO ?
    If Ashley has sanctioned this purchase then I think he is trying to hide more funds. Figures not adding up Fat Lad ??

  • Geordie-john

    Sep 16, 2019 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #6

    Apologies LOPES not Lopez. I’m getting all excited again. Not sure why ! ( Keep it clean )

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 16, 2019 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #7

    bills son.

    Exactly long runs and throwing medicine balls around not really cutting edge is it, more like old army stuff.
    Plus as I said, it’s not just here. What’s a person from Cete called again?

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 16, 2019 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #8

    Crete even

  • The Sheikh'sMate

    Sep 16, 2019 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #9

    Hi all I don’t vist here as often as I used to but still a good blog overall… I think it’s a sad sign of the times when we’re looking forward to Mr Carroll being wheeled out to save the day?


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