Jamaal Lascelles says that fans shouldn’t worry when they see the Newcastle players having a go at each other on the pitch, the Newcastle Captain saying that it is simply the ‘winning mentality’ of the team being on display.
Lascelles says any harsh words are left out on the pitch and that it is then all about the next game.
Predictably the players are playing down the possibility of making history (10 wins in a row) at the weekend, with the usual just keeping it professional and trying to win the next game.
One of the key players this season has been his mate, Dwight Gayle, with 13 goals the top scorer in the Championship.
It was Jamaal Lascelles whose birthday do it was in Liverpool when Gayle was assaulted and the Newcastle Captain says that it is part of his job to keep the striker focused on ‘banging in goals’.
Newcastle Captain Jamaal Lascelles:
“All 11 of us are so passionate and you might see us arguing on the pitch, giving each other a bit of grief, but it’s because we’ve all got that winning mentality.
“When we get into the changing room we shake hands and have a laugh about it.
“We don’t see it as nine in a row, we just see it as ‘we need to get ready for the next game’.
“We don’t look at the teams around us – we can’t affect that.
“We are going to train as we normally do, we are very professional and we look forward to training.
“ By game day we have got our game heads on – everyone is raring to go.
“He (Dwight Gayle) is doing really well, he is very clinical with his shots and it is my job, and that of a few of the other lads, to keep him doing that.
“Ultimately, if he’s banging in goals for us we are going to have a really good chance.
“I don’t want to get into his head too much but he’s a good player and needs to keep doing what he’s doing.
“He works really hard and if he stays focused we should be fine.
“That’s all he wants to do – play for the team, play for the shirt, play for the club and play in front of these fans.”