Jamaal Lascelles has had a mixed time of it personally in recent times but insists that every Newcastle player is fighting for each other.

The Newcastle Captain accepts that ‘People might have questioned complacency earlier in the season’ but that this is ‘out of the window now’.

The Magpies lost to Fulham and Huddersfield in the opening two matches and Jamaal Lascelles soon found out as quick as anybody, just how ruthless Rafa Benitez could be.

The Newcastle Manager dropping his captain for the home game against Reading and the players responding with a 4-1 win.

Dwight Gayle scored twice that night but Lascelles insists that the likes of Mitrovic and Murphy can more than fill the gap, despite admitting ‘it’s a bit of a blow’ to have Gayle on the injured list.

Jamaal Lascelles talking to Sky Sports:

“We have got some really tough games coming up but we have always said that we have to take every game as it comes and prepare for the next one.

“We have been working on what we can do to beat Bristol City.

“Brighton preparation will start soon but teams come to St James Park and they want to perform. They want to try to impress and make it as hard as they can. We have to get this job done before we can think of anything else.

“People might have questioned complacency earlier in the season but I think that’s out of the window now, we haven’t got the type of players to show complacency.

“We all want to get promotion and win, we will fight for each other. Complacency does not come into it. Bristol City will be tough but any team we play we feel we can beat them.

“We want to win the division and I am sure Brighton will as well. These games are going to be massive for us.

“We have winners, big characters, players who have done it before.

“We have a really good understanding of what we need to do and we have the manager leading us in the right direction. If we all focus then we can’t go too far wrong.

“We have players that can slot in, Daryl Murphy came in and did a great job, scored a few goals, and Mitro too (in place of Dwight Gayle).

“As long we are winning games we have good strength in depth and competition in every position. It’s a bit of a blow, losing our main striker, but he will be back soon.”