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Leader Trying To Remain A Positive Face For The Club

Jamaal Lascelles has been a leader at Newcastle since the turbulent days of our relegation season where he famously bellowed about his teammates’ apathy during a loss to Everton. Jamaal had been given a red card, and as he left the pitch, he let Steve McClaren know just how he felt.

It was a rare sign of passion during that horrible season before Rafa Benitez shockingly took up the reigns at the club. That summer, Lascelles was appointed captain and has been a fixture on the pitch and in the dressing room ever since.

After the 5-0 drubbing at Leicester City, it was Lascelles who boldly faced the fans to give a mea culpa for their pathetic performance. Time and again, Jamaal has stepped up in his role as a spokesman for the squad.

The 25-year-old has given a lengthy interview in the Chronicle as he tries to take a positive angle with the current situation at Newcastle:

“Every single game is tough but we have to approach it the right way.

“We’ve had a really tough start to the season, Man United, Liverpool, Spurs, Chelsea, Leicester and Arsenal in our opening nine games.

“That’s a really tough start. When you consider we have eight points out of that, it’s positive.

“We have been in a lot worse positions. I am just pleased with our performances at the minute, and I know we can build on this.”

It’s certainly a better start than it could have been. However, there have been significant opportunities missed at the beginning of this campaign.

While we were able to salvage points in both matches, the home draws against Watford and Brighton were very disappointing. We deserved nothing from Brighton as it was a dreadful display in front of the home fans. These were matches we needed to be winning.

Also, the Tottenham and Manchester United wins are somewhat misleading. While they are good wins by any measure, both sides have struggled more than usual this season.

However, it was looking very dim after the Leicester loss, and to rebound from that performance shows some character in the team.

Jamaal went on to point that out in his interview:

“We don’t look too much into what is said in the media. We just concentrate on the team. We do have a lot of character and heart in this team.

“We played Leicester and lost 5-0 but bounced back a week later and beat Man United at home. That shows what character we have got here.

“We have been in worse situations than this. I have a lot of trust in this team, and I am confident we will pick up results now.

“What is positive for me is that our form is starting to pick up. We put in a really good show against Man United and similar at Chelsea.

“Form-wise, we are OK. It’s not like the Norwich or Leicester game anymore so there are good signs. Hopefully, now we can start getting results.

“We have set a benchmark in terms of intensity and defending. Now we just need to be more clinical with our finishing. We’ll work on other things that can win us games.”

The last two performances were definite improvements from the two before that. After the Manchester United win, Jamaal said that the club had set their standard. They did keep that standard against Chelsea despite the defeat.

If the defense can continue in this vein for the rest of the season, that should keep us in games where we can hopefully avoid outcomes like Norwich City and Leicester City going forward.

However, the forwards are going to have to start getting goals. It was a glaring problem with the squad when the transfer window closed, and it has proven to be the Achilles heel so far.

Five goals in nine games is just not going to get the job done. It’s hard to win when you can’t score goals, and three points are what matters in this league. Failing to sort out the problems in front of goal is going to keep Newcastle in a relegation battle this season.

16 comments so far

  • martoon

    Oct 23, 2019 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Repost as it’s quite relevant to this topic:
    I do think Bills Son is right in respect to that considering who we had to play in our opening games of the season that 8 points is OK even if 6 of them have come from unlikely wins. He’s also right that our next few games will be telling in that we are mostly playing teams I would consider ‘in our league’. Rafa did well in the majority of these games but can Bruce do as well? I would say ‘No’ unless we can start scoring goals somehow.

  • Jib

    Oct 23, 2019 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #2

    Both Hayden and Ritchie are missed
    Hayden has just this game then he’s back
    Ritchie early November

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 23, 2019 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #3

    We certainly should keep Fernandez, he was looking good before his injury. A loan spell with someone is a good idea, Carlisle perhaps.

  • dougie

    Oct 23, 2019 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #4

    The next three games will give us a good indication of whether we can avoid relegation not.Any less than 4 points from these matches will cement the drop in my opinion.Joelinton and Almiron need to be dropped because they are just not cutting it at this level,Joelinton isn’t even a striker ffs.Its looking like a Championship squad and with the second worst Premier League manager in history at the helm it’s not looking good.Looks like the parasite and his underlings have blew the job again.All they had to do was keep the world class manager and add quality where needed and we would have been top 10.Of course that wasn’t going to happen because it would have demonstrated ambition and the slugs got none for the club.Its a zombie club with no ambition,17th or above is all they care about.

  • Jib

    Oct 23, 2019 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #5

    Dougie all you say is true.
    However it is pretty much all you ever say.
    Please make the effort to say something fresh and informative

  • JohnJ

    Oct 23, 2019 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #6

    It’s by no means rocket science to state that Newcastle United’s biggest problem over the last five or six seasons has been the lack of a goal scorer who can provide a decent goals total for the benefit of the team.

    Last season we had two scorers who managed 25 between them. In the case of Perez it seems we had no choice but to let him go when the clause in his contract was met.

    But in the case of Salomón Rondón it was a failing on Mr Ashley’s part in not seeing that goalscorers win games and Mr Ashley has scored another massive own goal by letting Rondon out of his grasp when everybody knows, apart from him, goals win games and points!

    How much will it now cost Ashley to suffer a third relegation with Newcastle compared with the £16m fee to get the lad onboard eh?

    No wonder we are fed up with that fat slug!

    I just hope someone can start scoring goals soon otherwise it’s The Championship for us!

  • hibbit

    Oct 23, 2019 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #7


    Oct 23, 2019 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #2
    With toon 22 live and let live.

    That’s all well and good if he did that

    would it be at all possible for you to practice what you preach,
    i’m sure Dougie would appreciate it !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Assassins Inc

    Oct 23, 2019 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #8

    Great to see Gayle back perfect timing for him and the Jan window.

    How did he manage to recover from an injury that no doctor, x-rays and specialists could find.

    I hope he proves me wrong and scores some goals for the Army, then stays scoring the rest of the season and this is not his ploy to go somewhere else. Time will tell.

  • hibbit

    Oct 23, 2019 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #9
  • Unused Substitute

    Oct 23, 2019 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #10

    The “leader” is taking to elbowing these days that I’m worried may end up in a red card or a penalty. As for Sunday’s setup Bruce needs to prevent Wolves from gaining numerical superiority on the wings and blunt their wing play. The difficulty in that is while we have pace on the wings, there’s little physicality. Dummet is very much needed – probably Manqillo as well – to address that.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 23, 2019 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #11

    How much would a fully fit AC be worth today? A hell of a lot more than we would have paid so got the broken down second hand version for free!

  • martoon

    Oct 23, 2019 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #12

    hibbit @9 – I think that’s very harsh. Carroll is returning from a serious operation and we know his injury record. The club are being very cautious with him which is sensible in my opinion. We didn’t sign him for his speed but his ability to create chances by being an imposing presence, winning balls in the air and flick-ons. We saw a little of this when he came on against Brighton – he was causing mayhem in their box. I agree we need crosses for him but Ritchie should be able to provide these and to a lesser extent Yedlin & Atsu.

  • hibbit

    Oct 23, 2019 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #13

    it wasn’t meant to be harsh it was purely an observation of were we’re at at the moment,
    the lads a long way off being anywhere near fit, and is a huge gamble for any club to take,
    but especially one in our predicament,

  • hibbit

    Oct 23, 2019 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #14

    it wasn’t meant to be harsh it was purely an observation of were we’re at at the moment,
    the lads a long way off being anywhere near fit,to create chances you need movement something Andy sorely missing,
    he was a huge gamble for any club to take,but especially one in our predicament,

  • martoon

    Oct 23, 2019 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #15

    Hibbit – I was referring more to the article you linked rather than your comment. I agree he was a gamble but if we get, say, half a season from a fully fit Carroll then I would say it was worth it.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Oct 23, 2019 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #16

    Hayden, Ritchie and Lejeune will improve us, coinciding with an “easier” run of games, and also the 3 up top with Carroll in reserve should start to find its feet. I expect us to pick up points from now until January, but in that window we do need to strengthen with either a good ball winning, give and go centre mid, with an eye for a longer pass, or another forward to compete with Almiron, St Max and Atsu, or both We are a reasonable group, but we must continue to strengthen, with at least one upgrade each window, preferably two.


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