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Magpie Wants To See Benchmark Performances Kept On Sunday



Jamaal Lascelles made his return to the Newcastle team on Monday in our 2-0 defeat at Chelsea. The skipper had missed the previous two match after suffering a hamstring injury during our big win at Everton.

After the defeat, Lascelles was critical of the passive approach that aided Chelsea in their dominant first half leaving Newcastle down two goals at the break. The Magpies came out and put in an improved performance in the second half but ultimately, it was a comfortable win for the Blues.

Speaking to NUFC TV after today’s training session, Lascelles was asked about his remarks and what Newcastle have been concentrating on over the past few days of training. This was his answer:

“The way we started the game really. Probably a little bit too passive and we maybe showed them a little too much respect.

“Against a team with quality like that, the least we need to be doing is getting up against them and making life hard for them. We need to look at ourselves and ask ourselves ‘why didn’t that happen?’

“In the dressing room at halftime, things were said. I think we came out in the second half as a better team. It was a much better performance in the last forty-five minutes.”

The captain was then probed about Sunday’s opponents Manchester United and whether the lads will take the second half approach to Old Trafford:

“Definitely, against a team like Man United, it’s a given, that you have to get up against them in the face.

“It’s just a question of why didn’t that happen in the first half of the Chelsea game.”

The performance against Chelsea was a letdown compared to recent results, especially the high watermark of the season – the 2-0 win at Everton. However, the dip in performance wasn’t crater-like as has often been the case during this campaign.

Manchester United, like Chelsea, will need to be pressed from the opening whistle to, as Lascelles said, make life hard for them. Newcastle have a couple of 1-0 wins at home against the Red Devils in the previous two seasons.

However, we are on a string of two straight 4-1 defeats, including this past October when Man United went on a goal blitz in the final few minutes. So the Magpies will be well aware of how lethal Man United can be in front of goal.

When asked about what Newcastle need to do to turn things around on Sunday and get a result at Old Trafford, Lascelles referenced the recent run of good form and how that standard needs to be kept this weekend:

“I think recently the football and the way we’ve gone about everything has been much more encouraging and better.

“We’ve set the benchmark in a few games, and we have to keep it there.”

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122 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #1

    Amanda Staveley doesn’t run a charity,
    she’s a hard nosed business women who see’s a huge opportunity in NUFC, that’s the only reason she’s pursued us for over 3 years,
    it’s not a love or passion for the club that drives her on like the rest of us,

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #2

    We lost the first half 2-0 and drew the second 0-0. Chelsea have a hectic schedule and didn’t have to exert themselves at all in the second half. It’s all very well him and Bruce saying they’re happy with improved performances but we need points and goals.

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  • Wor B

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #3

    Caught up after a nuisance work break 🙁

    NadJ #51 on previous thread, cracking analysis mate. Thumbs up emoji

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  • Mund

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #4

    hibbit I think you need to look into that a bit more as that’s just not true

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  • Optimistic prime

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #5

    Is George reading the blog?

    A few of us spoke about the Pif and a takeover if relegated.

    Shazam, a article appears in the Athletic.

    George, if ya reading, give us a wave!

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  • Mund

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #6

    Nice way to talk about our new upcoming owners who will release us from purgatory and give back our hopes and dreams.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #7

    I think hard nose business people like being called hard nosed business people.

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  • Carson80

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #8

    Jail I left you a comment on the last thread can’t be arsed to repost it.

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  • Mund

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #9

    If it wasn’t for Amanda Staveley we wouldn’t have any interest from the Saudis and when this is complete she will be on a legendary status with the best but she’s just a hard nosed business woman…

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  • Optimistic prime

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #10

    If I was a hard nosed buisness man, I’d like to be called Maximus Decimus Meridius, just cos it sounds bad ass.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #11

    Carson80,
    Luckily I could be ar$ed to read it. I don’t really understand what your getting at, yes in the end we stayed up comfortably but imo of course someone at the club has had the sense to realise we couldn’t do it again with inexperienced players.

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  • Optimistic prime

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #12

    I don’t know Stavely personally, from what I’ve read and seen of her, I think the club means more than buisness to her.

    She’s been very emotional for a hard nosed buisness woman a few times.

    The rest of the concortium I’d say all buisness, with her, I feel there’s more.

    My feelings prove nish, just my opinion of how she comes across.

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  • Carson80

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #13

    No worries Jail.

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  • hibbit

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #14

    mund whats wrong with what i’ve said ?
    i have the greatest respect for Amanda and wouldn’t want her any other way, i know if she gets the club the club will be in safe hands and run correctly both business wise and football wise and will grow into to the club we all want,

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  • Adamn_92

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #15

    OP

    That would make for one hell of a business card!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #16

    Mund,
    Fair play to her but I don’t get the offence taken by describing her as a hard nose business woman, she’s in a court case involving £100M’s

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #17

    Carson80,
    Was meant to be a smiley face in my post.

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  • Carson80

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #18

    Op I’ve just tried posting 2 articles stating that, one from this blog and one from the Daily Mirror but it wouldn’t let me.

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  • Wor B

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #19

    OP

    Check out Urban dictionary for MDM and maybe have a re-think on your bad-ass business name 😀

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  • Optimistic prime

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #20

    Carson

    You’re only allowed one link at a time, maybe that’s your problem.

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  • Optimistic prime

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #21

    Wor

    Even more reason to have that name, no point lying.

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  • Mund

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #22

    hibbit it sounded like you were being harsh. Hard nosed business woman is something she would be flattered at in here profession but to then say she just saw an opportunity after saying that and to say it’s got nowt to do with any love for the club or the fans? That couldn’t be more wrong.

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  • Optimistic prime

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #23

    Who doesn’t like a bit of flattery and attention?

    Amanda got a taste of what it could be like if she were owner, I’m sure they both warmed to the area and reception from fans.

    She’ll want more of that!

    Who wouldn’t, she’ll know, if they make a success of this, they’ll be the King and Queen of Tyneside!

    Who wouldn’t want that position when Nufc are challenging and the city is rocking?

    The whole vision for Newcastle not just Nufc, is where the real money and opportunities lie!

    She’s hooked on the club area and everything it brings.

    It’s the opportunity to transform a region.

    I’ve bigged her and this deal up, she better come through 😉

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  • Carson80

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #24

    There is an article on this blog from the 02/08/2020 about Amanda Staveley, for some reason it won’t let me post it.

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  • Mund

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #25

    Good post OP

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  • Mund

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #26

    Carson

    Are you just copy and pasting?

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  • Carson80

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #27

    Jail apologies if I came across a bit snarky in my earlier post.

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  • hibbit

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #28

    mund i’m not looking for a row but were has it ever been said she supports nufc,
    as far as i know she was never into football, she followed her mother and was all about horses,

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  • Carson80

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #29

    Yeah Mund, tried it 3 separate times with 3 separate articles and it wouldn’t let me.

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  • Adamn_92

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #30

    Apparently it snowed in Saudi Arabia the other day, first time since 2017. That means at night is was technically black and white in Saudi……cans? 😉

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  • Optimistic prime

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #31

    Mund

    That’s how I see it, it’s more than the club.

    The Reubens already have property all over Newcastle and the race course.

    If they want us to be successful, which you’d expect they do, they’ll need to cater for the superstars and the entourage.

    I can see the city being transformed, luxury hotels, Race course will get a huge makeover, possibly the dogs, other sports venue, the list is endless of the things they and others will invest in or open in the area.

    That’s apart from new training ground, stadium re fit or extension, etc etc etc

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  • Mund

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #32

    hibbit, honestly I don’t want to row it just took me by surprise the post. She does have ties to the surrounding area and has love for Newcastle United and it’s passionate fans.

    I guess I read it wrong as the next post you put up was like chalk and cheese as you said we would be in safe hands.

    I don’t think she would put 3 years in of graft with numerous knock backs if she didn’t have a soft spot for this club.

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  • Carson80

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #33

    Haha Adamn nice one. Might crack one open anyway.

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  • cleveleysbob

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #34

    Some good stuff on here today, cheers lads and lasses.

    Re: Amanda Staveley, she is most definitely 1st and foremost a businesswoman, she needs to be to get the respect she has amongst movers and shakers of Middle East.

    But, having said that I think she has a soft spot for us in that she sees our potential, our quite ludicrous support, our passion and a vessel that’s crying out to be run properly.

    However, I think that the “tyrekicker” incident hurt her, and she’s desperate to get this deal over the line, so that in a few years of proper management and growth, when we are a regular CL team with great commercial income and a valuation of over £2B, she can write to Ashley and simply say “see what you could have done” – knacker!

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  • Wor B

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #35

    The Athletic interviewed Amanda Staveley after the Saudi led takeover bid fell through.
    And it was a tough read as the teary eyed Ms. Staveley talked about that could have been.
    It was tough for Newcastle fans about what could have been and even more torture for us.
    It was that Sunday, October 1st when we were at home to mighty Liverpool and we took them apart 1-1 in that game.
    Ms. Staveley and her husband were seen at the game with the trusted Steve Wraith, and it was big news at the game and big news after the game.
    We drew 1-1, with Coutinho scoring after 29 minutes and Joselu scoring a rare goal after 36 minutes.
    It was a good point for Newcastle – then managed by Rafa Benitez – and a solid and spirited defensive display from our lads.
    And M.Staveley tells the Athletic how she fell in love with Newcastle United, the city of Newcastle and the Newcastle fans on that day.
    Here’s an extract from the interview:.
    “I fell in love with Newcastle,”
    “I fell in love with the passion, the fans. It was just this incredible club. And I knew that with investment and nurturing it could become even better.
    It needed TLC. It needed a patient owner. It desperately needs investment. “
    “That day we first walked into St James’ – it felt like we had come home. We knew what they needed. “
    “We wanted it, too. And I know we could have done it.”
    And her husband Mehrdad Ghodoussi was with her on that day and not to be left out this is what he told The Athletic.
    “That day we first walked in, it was a dark, gray evening against Liverpool,”
    “You walked in, up the stairs, through the directors’ area and out into the stadium and you just felt this tremendous energy.”
    “It was incredible. As a Londoner, I’d go to Chelsea or Tottenham Hotspur games and I’d never experienced anything like it.”
    “Amanda and I just looked at each other and said, ‘this is it. This is the club we should be buying.”
    And if that’s not enough for Newcastle fans to take, here’s what Staveley said was in store for Newcastle – if the takeover was successful.
    WARNING – this can be difficult to read for Geordie fans – have your blood pressure pills, a pint of Brown Ale and hankies nearby:
    “We had a plan for £250M of investment in the club over the first few years, as much as we could put in,”
    “And on top of that, we had massive plans to invest in the city, in housing, everything. We talked with the council.”
    “Newcastle are the last great untapped club.”
    The last great club with so much potential to grow and improve and with a fan-base who were already there and who wanted it so much.”
    So there you have it – everything we ever wanted taken away from us by the Premier League.
    And it was after four long months of patiently waiting and praying for their decision, which never did come – the cowards.
    And I mean that from my heart – they should have at least shown the courage to make a decision – that was their job.
    Shame on them!!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #36

    She liked Rafa’s beard and the way he said “beeg cloob”

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  • cleveleysbob

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #37

    Whatever you think, that’s huge personal motivation! 😉

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  • hibbit

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #38

    OP you need people with vision and deep pockets to bring projects like that together and in the consortium we have all that,

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #39

    Got absolutely no chance of sleeping here 😕

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  • Mund

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #40

    OP

    You are spot on with your opinion, it’s much much more than just the purchase of a football club.

    Finally someone saw the potential in not just the club, but the fanbase and the surrounding area.

    To me if it was just about buying a football club they would of been gone a long time ago as nobody sits through the dramas and problems they have had with trying to get this deal approved.

    They don’t need this club! They can live out there lives and never have to worry about money again.

    But they see the real raw potential in lighting a fire under this club and its fanbase of hopes and dreams and seeing it rocket to the stars.

    Also the amount of opportunities to invest in the surrounding area is immense and like you say Reubens already have a good standing down this way.

    It’s more than just a football club…

    We are Newcastle United!!

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