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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

  • Carson80

    Feb 18, 2021 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #81

    If we do get relegated and PIF take control will we be able to spend loads or will the EFL slap our wrists.

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  • Optimistic prime

    Feb 18, 2021 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #82

    Mund

    Agreed, good riddance to bad rubbish, hopefully the bin man’s due.

    1
  • hibbit

    Feb 18, 2021 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #83
  • Optimistic prime

    Feb 18, 2021 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #84

    Carson

    Imagine if you can spend as much as you like in the Championship.

    Be worth getting relegated to spend a cpl billion on players ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1
  • Novocastrian66

    Feb 18, 2021 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #85

    I donโ€™t see George Caulkinโ€™s article as good news.
    I have only seen the headline but it suggests to me the deal will not be finalised this season. Which is just bad news.

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  • Carson80

    Feb 18, 2021 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #86

    Cheers Hibbit much obliged.
    Op would be great wouldn’t it, could tell Shelvey, Hendrick and Joe to do one by paying them off as well.

    1
  • jane

    Feb 18, 2021 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #87

    “Real Sociedad are at full strength, naming an unchanged side from the one which beat Getafe at the weekend.

    There are familiar faces galore in Manchester City legend David Silva, former United prospect Adnan Januzaj, ex-Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal and even a former Newcastle man in Mikel Merino.

    Manchester United
    Manchester United make five changes from the side which drew with West Brom.

    Dean Henderson, Eric Bailly, Alex Telles, Mason Greenwood and Dan James come in.”

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  • jane

    Feb 18, 2021 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #88

    hopefully they will have a Europa league hangover on Sunday.

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 18, 2021 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #89

    if anyone has caulkins article please feel free to post it.

    this is all getting a bit depressing

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  • Carson80

    Feb 18, 2021 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #90

    Munster I posted it earlier on today.

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  • Scythe For Bruce

    Feb 18, 2021 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #91
  • DrGloom

    Feb 18, 2021 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #92

    Jane – I was wondering what your point was…. until you mentioned tiredness on Sunday ๐Ÿ˜€

    1
  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2021 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #93

    Is it too late to catch the last of the day shift? It can’t be bedtime yet can it? ๐Ÿ˜€

    btw… don’t, whatever you do, mention the..cough…n I g h t s h I f t….cough..

    I did yesterday morning but I think I got away with it without anyone noticing…..

    ๐Ÿ˜

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  • DrGloom

    Feb 18, 2021 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #94

    Don’t think anyone on here gives a flying about Manure otherwise

    3
  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2021 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #95

    So the mackems have finally got their wish and have a pubescent Director with more money than sense – where did we go wrong? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Carson80

    Feb 18, 2021 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #96
  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2021 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #97

    Sorry I’m late I was giving Jail a lift to work boy can he talk about dry riser ducts and wago connectors…

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  • Carson80

    Feb 18, 2021 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #98

    Mike Hooper now there’s a blast from the past.

    1
  • Optimistic prime

    Feb 18, 2021 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #99

    Tsunki

    The kid went to Harvard buisness school, think Charnley went to Halford once.

    3
  • Mund

    Feb 18, 2021 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #100

    Tsunki I thought it was you who rode shotgun for Jail not the other way round ๐Ÿ˜‰

    2
  • Carson80

    Feb 18, 2021 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #101

    I’ll be riding shotgun underneath the hot sun.
    I’ll get me coat.

    2
  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2021 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #102

    Not today mund the boys on nightshifts this week he’s going to be proper tetchy I hope he keeps his cool when everything kicks off as usual ๐Ÿ˜‰

    2
  • Optimistic prime

    Feb 18, 2021 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #103

    Shotgun wedding?

    When did Mund get jail pregnant?

    2
  • lochinvar

    Feb 18, 2021 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #104

    Well that’s me first jab down at the Centre for Life.

    Anyone else here?
    Give us a wave.
    I’m the tall good looking one with the 25 year old blonde hanging on my arm.

    5
  • Carson80

    Feb 18, 2021 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #105

    Franz Carr wonder what he’s doing now a days.

    0
  • Carson80

    Feb 18, 2021 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #106

    Lochinvar is that a side effect of the vaccine.

    4
  • Mund

    Feb 18, 2021 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #107

    Tsunki honest light ribbing mate ๐Ÿ™‚ Weโ€™ve always been able to do that havenโ€™t we? I enjoy the battle of the plush toys, obviously I would when Unicorns win every time ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1
  • Mund

    Feb 18, 2021 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #108

    OP

    Itโ€™s not confirmed yet shhhh it was a surprise ๐Ÿ˜‰

    3
  • Great White Hunter

    Feb 18, 2021 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #109

    Lochinvar, also had my first vaccine jab this morning, going back to what Caulking mentioned regarding PIF having to renegotiate the terms etc if we get relegated, surely the parachute payment would come into the deal etc…. just wondering !

    2
  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2021 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #110

    Pfffft unicorns …

    1
  • Carson80

    Feb 18, 2021 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #111

    Mund you talking about condoms to Tsunki.

    0
  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2021 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #112

    Yikes sky going to town on the Saudi ambassador to the un, sticking the US calling them a pariah state right up him atm.

    Mentioned MBS in very unfavourable terms, khashoggietc, looks like the Saudis have a little bit further to go to enjoy warm hugs at the UN annual bash. ๐Ÿ˜

    0
  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2021 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #113

    Though while he’s fielding the human rights howlers he does have a very fetching green tie.

    1
  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2021 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #114

    I hate the teatime shift. Always saying nothing and making loud chewing noises.

    Teatimeshifters. Pah!

    ๐Ÿ˜€

    3
  • Carson80

    Feb 18, 2021 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #115

    Tsunki is that #CANS then

    1
  • Carson80

    Feb 18, 2021 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #116

    Ha for a minute there thought you said teatimesh#ยฃ&ers.

    0
  • Carson80

    Feb 18, 2021 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #117
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 18, 2021 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #118

    RIP The Tyneside Coal industry with the last shipment of coal going out from South Shields today.

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  • Optimistic prime

    Feb 18, 2021 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #119

    Tsunki

    Feel sorry for him, Sky would have left him alone, if he wasn’t linked to Nufc ๐Ÿ˜‰

    4
  • John Tudor

    Feb 18, 2021 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #120

    sit on the bench then jamaal

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