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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 )

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97 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 28, 2019 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #81

    Is that so bad, he’s managed three sets of rival clubs and would have no qualms about taking the Man City or Ipswich jobs, obviously the latter being more likely his next destination.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 28, 2019 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #82

    Has anyone seen how many players go in to their last year of their contracts when this season expires. Why hasn’t Schar been offered a four year deal, Rafa said they wouldn’t give Ritchie one, when do they cash in on Gayle? Is Churnley going to have to make all these decisions on his own. If these players decide to run down their deals because they feel they owe us nothing, then we have some serious rebuilding to do in one summer, if they do decide to sign extensions the ball is firmly in their court and will have a very simple get out clause inserted, making their desire to keep us in the league about on the same level of Steve Bruce’s ability to do so.

  • cockneymafiaout

    Oct 28, 2019 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #83

    People on this blog talk like they wouldn’t have took any those jobs if in Bruces position. How many of you lot can genuinely say yous wouldn’t take the Sunderland job or play for them? Hand on heart?

    Your 9-5 job on 30,000 a year vs 30,000 a week?

  • cockneymafiaout

    Oct 28, 2019 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #84


    Schaar will be sold in the January rather than seeing out the final 6 months of his contract. Gayle and Ritchie would only be missed if we went down to the championship, if we do go down then they will be offered last minute deals.

  • beermonkey

    Oct 28, 2019 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #85


    who else is out of contract at the end of the season

  • geordietom

    Oct 28, 2019 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #86

    MARTOON #80…

    that’s because he aint a Newcastle Supporter mate …

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 28, 2019 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #87

    Not just this season but go in to their final year. This year and next are Darlow, Elliott, Schar, Hayden, Manquillo, Yedlin, Clarke, Hayden, Shelvey, Ki, Fernandez, Ritchie, Gayle, Saviet and Wearside Jack.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 28, 2019 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #88

    It’s not a case of them just being missed, they need replacing, with sixteen players to replace over the next four windows, given the speed we operate and the quality this current set up has just landed us with this season, do you think that’s possible.

  • geordietom

    Oct 28, 2019 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #89

    as plain as the nose on your face we all saw in the second half Wolves changed their formation , how come Bruce didn’t see it. what do his 2 mates that sit on the bench with him get paid for ? surely they are there to spot changes in play/formation that the other teams manager has told his players . and to advise Bruce of what happened . howay man we all saw the change in the second half , whats up has bruce not been to speck savers lately ?…

    anyway a points better than nowt …

  • IrishRob

    Oct 28, 2019 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #90

    People are getting fooled by Maxi, hes always winning MOTM but is nowhere near it in reality. He had a few runs that came to nothing in the first half and was anonymous in the second half, slow and didnt look bothered. People on here see one bit of skill and its MOTM for him. Yet they ignore all the times he fails to track back and just stares watching as players go buy him. He was part of the reason we conceded that goal.

    On the other hand you have Miggy who’s clearly but slowly getting better each Match and he never stops running, he never stops tracking back, Clark for me had a great game, as did Freddie.

  • geordietom

    Oct 28, 2019 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #91

    i gave Miggy man of the match , ran his arse off defended got forward . so yeah i agree with IrishRob about Miggy …

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 28, 2019 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #92

    A lot of the players listed were bought for the Championship and would have been naturally shipped out and replaced with better quality as the seasons went on. Because our former manager couldn’t trust that they’d be replaced we’ve still got them. We probably have 35M worth of players that will leave for free because of the owners misplaced greed.

  • beermonkey

    Oct 28, 2019 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #93


    i can see most of them leaving on a free
    worse for us is if we stay up any money that we would have had to improve will be spread about trying to replace what has left

  • newcs

    Oct 28, 2019 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #94

    Thought Sean had a good game before the red. He’s the only one that strung more then 3 passes together. He is also the only player that pushes out to the attacking opponent while everyone else drops deeper. He’s brother has looked out of his depth the last 2 games. Works hard but looks knackered by the time he gets on the ball and gives it away.
    Think joelinton and migs are good players and would look great in another team. The problem is we don’t keep possession and were constantly chasing the ball. Joelinton just runs from side to side with no support whatsoever and then is expected to bring balls down aimed at his head and bring others into the game.
    The problem lies in the fact we don’t have enough quality in the team to keep possession. And that starts at the back. Lascelles, Clark as great as defenders but they’ve got two left pegs. Yedlin is the same and is constantly too far off his man.
    By the time we ever get the ball we looked too knackered to pass it around. I don’t know what the solution is but 4-5-1 and scraping results isn’t great to watch. And whomever the 1 on top is will never score as there is no support. I think the only solution is a better manager with a better footballing phylophosy.

  • martoon

    Oct 28, 2019 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #95

    Jail – There have been several who have played for them and us – Lee Clark and Bobby Moncur come to mind and even SBR was quite often seen watching them at SOL – are you going to call all of them traitors?

  • newcs

    Oct 28, 2019 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #96

    Also agree to a point with Irish Rob. As great maxi looks on the ball his end product needs work and defensively he doesn’t keep his shape. Again though the formation and style of football doesn’t suit him. Or lack of style.

  • martoon

    Oct 28, 2019 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #97

    And if things continue the way they are people will be suggesting big Sam who is also an ex makem manager – admittedly not for long.


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