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Defender Spot On With Post-Wolves Assessment

Captain Jamaal Lascelles spoke to NUFC TV after the very disappointing draw against Wolves yesterday.

Lascelles is pitch-perfect in his assessment with the second half being a major disappointment. Newcastle just tried to hang on to a one goal lead and that never works in this league. If you invite that much constant pressure, you’re always going to find it difficult not to concede.

We don’t fault the effort from the lads as they still put in a shift. However, the mentality to just sit back and cede the game to Wolves at home is quite concerning.

The back three played well, and it was ultimately a mistake from goalkeeper Martin Dubravka that ended up being Newcastle’s undoing. But when you let a team like Wolves dictate the tempo and get their rhythm, they are generally going to find a breakthrough.

The first half was decent if not spectacular. While the first 30 minutes were a mundane affair for both sides, Newcastle came to life a bit after that. Jamaal was able to get the 1-0 lead from a superb Fede Fernandez cross.

It was some towering header by the captain. We haven’t seen too many of those lately from the 25-year-old. It was Jamaal’s first goal for Newcastle in almost two years. He last scored in January of 2018 against Burnley.

Lascelles was pleased to get on the scoresheet; however, he was more concerned that we did not get the win. This is what Jamaal said later in the interview about his goal, which was his 9th for Newcastle:

“Obviously I’m pleased that I got a goal, but it would have been better if we’d got the three points. That’s all I really care about, to be honest.”

If we are to take anything from this performance, it’s that to a man all agree that a draw at home against Wolves is a letdown. We at least don’t have to hear how this was a good point against an in-form Wolves side.

This was a match that we should be winning and but for an imprudent ultra-conservative second half, Newcastle could have gotten all three points yesterday.

Who Was Newcastle's Best Player Against Wolves?

  • Allan Saint-Maximin (35%, 345 )
  • Federico Fernandez (17%, 165 )
  • Miguel Almiron (16%, 155 )
  • Jamaal Lascelles (15%, 149 )
  • Ciaran Clark (5%, 47 )
  • Jetro Willems (4%, 43 )
  • Matty Longstaff (2%, 22 )
  • Sean Longstaff (2%, 17 )
  • Dwight Gayle (1%, 13 )
  • DeAndre Yedlin (1%, 12 )
  • Martin Dubravka (1%, 12 )
  • Jonjo Shelvey (1%, 9 )
  • Joelinton (1%, 6 )
  • Christian Atsu (0%, 1 )

Total Voters: 996

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97 comments so far

  • NY Mag

    Oct 28, 2019 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #41

    Goodnight OLG…..

    Carltoon, you don’t have anchors tattooed on your forearm by any chance 😀

  • Online Guy

    Oct 28, 2019 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #42


    I’m knocking on a bit but not so you’d notice …from a distance !

  • Online Guy

    Oct 28, 2019 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #43

    Night N.Y.
    Night Genjikia
    Night Carltoon
    I love you all ..( Phyllis Diller)

  • carltoon

    Oct 28, 2019 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #44

    Well if you remember her you must be a canny age. No NYmag no tats. But a couple of months ago had that outfit on and a man came up to me and said you look like the John Paul Gaultier advert you know the bottle of perfume. Ha ha I think it was a compliment.

  • NY Mag

    Oct 28, 2019 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #45


    I’m sure you know,I was only joking 🙂

  • carltoon

    Oct 28, 2019 at 1:42 AM

    Comment #46

    Of course you were I never take offence at anything you say.

  • carltoon

    Oct 28, 2019 at 1:53 AM

    Comment #47

    Goodnight NYmag really tired now.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Oct 28, 2019 at 1:57 AM

    Comment #48

    at the moment our players are still giving 100% and havent let their heads drop and we look like we cant get a win. how bad will we be when they inevitably lose confidence?

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Oct 28, 2019 at 2:04 AM

    Comment #49

    if we hadnt got those shock wins against spurs and man utd bruce would probably be gone now. i predicted wed just stay up but that was based on bruce being sacked after 10-15 games. think he will struggle on until relegation now unless he loses the dressing room. if spurs and man utd had beat us wed have a better chance of survival.

  • NY Mag

    Oct 28, 2019 at 3:24 AM

    Comment #50


    Goodnight….my apologies, got distracted again

  • Paully

    Oct 28, 2019 at 4:16 AM

    Comment #51

    Carroll is on the lash with Dummett regular I’m hearing, apartment down the quayside and all that that entails, I won’t go into details.
    Paul’s Dad has had stern words with his son to give him a wide birth… That’s from the horses mouth.

  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 28, 2019 at 5:06 AM

    Comment #52

    Some interesting stats from the beeb – none of which are particularly encouraging:-

    Newcastle haven’t scored more than once in any of their last 10 Premier League games (six goals), their longest such run since April 2015 under John Carver (10 games).

    Sean Longstaff is the 53rd different Newcastle player to pick up a red card in the Premier League, with only Everton (57) seeing more individual players sent off in the competition.

    Steve Bruce has seen one of his players shown a red card on 53 occasions in the Premier League, with only Arsene Wenger having had more sent off in the competition (78).

  • cyprus

    Oct 28, 2019 at 5:58 AM

    Comment #53

    Sure we could easily lose to Bournemouth and West Ham and that would be terrible. But we could just as easily beat them both.

    It depends on which Newcastle will show up. We’ve almost always been that way. Even the good half poor half part. Consistently inconsistent.

  • cyprus

    Oct 28, 2019 at 6:05 AM

    Comment #54

    The Next
    You’re right. Confidence is crucial. But turn the argument around. What if we won a couple, if we gained confidence?

    We MUST think positive, self-fulfilling prophecy.

    Remember, our collective heads have already dropped. “We’re going down”, etc.

    Let’s hope the players aren’t listening to us.

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 28, 2019 at 6:42 AM

    Comment #55

    Terry Connor is a better coach than Bruce.

    Who?….. Exactly.

  • Jib

    Oct 28, 2019 at 6:49 AM

    Comment #56
  • Nufc-83

    Oct 28, 2019 at 7:04 AM

    Comment #57

    Bleatin what are you going on about man talking absolute rubbish. The conversation at the time was about bringing Shelvey on after we went down to 10 men nothing to do with how we set up prior to the game. Jeez talk about hard work what an imbecile.

  • ScoopSouthAfrica

    Oct 28, 2019 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #58

    Man oh man… decent first half winning 1-0 then what, we park the bloody bus!!!!!
    What kind of tactics are they Brucie boy, look to your namesake and have a Braveheart in future.
    You might get 3 points one of these days.

  • Mindshaft

    Oct 28, 2019 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #59

    Not sure why people are saying we’ve been inconsistent , most games we’ve been looking highly unlikely to score , defending for our lives and hoping the opposing team don’t have shooting boots on … In fact other than man u game that’s been the pattern every game …I’d call that very consistent

  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 28, 2019 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #60

    Unless Bruce finds a cohesive attacking plan by changing tactics or personnel, this team is Nailed on for relegation. Can’t see it otherwise.

    And there’s higher chance of pigs flying than Bruce putting on a tactical masterpiece to change our fortunes.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 28, 2019 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #61

    I never watched the match, listened to it in parts while traipsing round London. The BBC said it was a largely dour affair and NUFC.com said it was a decent display?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 28, 2019 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #63

    Not sure if we’re nailed on for relegation as the three below us are currently worse. But Soton will sack Hasslenuts if it continues, we’ll persevere with Bruce until they chuck 30M at him in January.

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 28, 2019 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #64

    Played 10, we were super lucky to win 2, fortunate to get 3 draws and 5 deserved defeats. Steve Bruce is shite.

  • cockneymafiaout

    Oct 28, 2019 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #65

    Morning everyone,

    Our team is pathetic. Solid defensively and our only outlet is st maximim. If he gets injured then best we can hope from any game is a draw.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 28, 2019 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #66

    An ambitious loan move. Gawd help us.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 28, 2019 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #67

    The 8th richest club in the PL being portrayed as a newly promoted team that has been in the wilderness for 13 years.

  • hibbit

    Oct 28, 2019 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #68

    don’t worry lads our resident football expert Jib shared this valuable insight with us all just after another master class from Steve Bruce,

    he forecasts a comfortable mid table and a good cup run, oh and Steve Bruce will come good,

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 28, 2019 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #69

    In the interest of fair and balanced criticism when is Munster Mag going to call Bruce out for not attacking the lesser teams.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 28, 2019 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #70

    Wait until the powers that be start dismantling the defence and replacing Schar, Fernandez and Clarke with players like Krafth.

  • cockneymafiaout

    Oct 28, 2019 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #71


    My assessment of the game was that both teams were lacking any clinical edge while being sound defensively so cancelling each other out.

    Saint Maximim was our only outlet in trying to form any sort of an attack, almiron very hash again and is obviously lacking confidence his work rate and nippyness helped win possession back a lot of times.

    I love the longstaffs but they should be getting nutured not hoyed in at the deep end, then again shelvey is looking way off the pace too.

    Joelinton will never be a double figures striker for as long as he plays with his back to goal as much as he currently does. I understand that he is in a Newcastle team that rarely gets forward but he just never seems to be in the right position and he has a touch of a baby elephant. He’s raw and has all the attributes to turn into a real powerhouse of a striker but he won’t get anywhere near the required goal tally to keep us up if he doesn’t start getting into the box and attacking the areas like a striker is actually supposed to.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Oct 28, 2019 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #72

    I think it’s time to integrate Shelvey and KiSy back into the 11. One or the other alongside Hayden next up. Both too good not be involved to some degree, in what is I’m afraid a quite ordinary side. One given a handful of minutes when we are down to ten men, the other sat in the stands. It’s not a good reflection on Bruce that he hasn’t been able to fit them into the picture.

    Carroll to start if fit up top, with I think Almiron to miss out, such is his lack of an end product.

    Schar, Ritchie and Lejuene to come in when fit, and I’d play Manquillo on the left, ahead of both Yedlin and Krafth.

    We are quite run of the mill I’m afraid. We desperately miss the hunger that Rafa instilled in the players and the belief in better times ahead that he instilled in the fans, miss the flags and the tension in the ground.

    We are a side in Ashley, Charnley and Steve Bruce’s image and it’s not a lot of fun to watch or support. I’m quite despondent about our plight.

  • Nufc-83

    Oct 28, 2019 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #73

    The problem I have is Bruce is making very basic mistakes. He looks completely clueless and the team don’t look cohesive or like they have any sort of plan. It feels like he’s come in and is trying to emulate Rafa without having the ability to set us up defensively while looking threatening on the break.

    I am extremely gutted to say the least this morning. Bruce is a Carver mkII!

  • cockneymafiaout

    Oct 28, 2019 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #74

    I think we may have 3 of the worst right backs in the league in Yedlin, manquillo and krath.

    If i was to rank the top 5 (or rather bottom 5) inept right backs in the league it would probably be;

    1. Krafth
    2. Manquillo
    3. Joel Ward
    4. Craig Dawson
    5. Yedlin

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 28, 2019 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #75

    Munster also inexplicably compared the two teams that both Bruce and Rafa had claiming that Rafa had the better team. Completely omitting the fact that Rafa had Joselu and the idiot Mitro who got himself banned for three games twenty minutes after making his first appearance. Bruce declared himself delighted with our transfer business, Rafa went to war with the owner over it. I think Munster is best leaving the hard luck stories out of the equation.

  • cockneymafiaout

    Oct 28, 2019 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #76


    Manquillo on the left? He can barely use his right foot.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Oct 28, 2019 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #77

    Yeah, sorry, on the right of course.

  • The Diamond dogs hoojars

    Oct 28, 2019 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #78

    Defending a 1 -0 lead like our life depended on it in October, STEVIE’S BONUS is at stake you know!, it’s desperate.

  • cockneymafiaout

    Oct 28, 2019 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #79


    Don’t think we have been too bad defensively. Actually heard a stat yesterday that we were one of the best in the league which is even more impressive considering we spend the majority of the game defending in our own third.

    Offensively we’re screwed, unless we manage to get something out of almiron either through proper coaching or instil some confidence and we get a striker who actually travels into the opposition box.

  • martoon

    Oct 28, 2019 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #80

    My assessment of yesterday’s match – poor in the first half and dreadful in the second!
    I have to say although I’ve defended Bruce on here, yesterday, he was awful. In the second half you could see Wolves had changed their shape and were killing us – instead of changing our shape or using a couple of subs he just stood there with his hands on his hips not knowing what to do. What is the point of subs in the 89th minute such as Gayle unless you’re trying to run the clock down, what is he going to do in 3 or 4 minutes? The crowd were turning on Bruce yesterday – a couple of more performances like that and they’ll be chanting ‘Bruce Out’.

    Saying all that I still think it is a disgrace a so called Toon supporter calling our manager a traitor on a nufc blog!


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