Jamaal Lascelles is looking to build on the excellent return of seven points from these last three away games against Brighton, Huddersfield and Reading.

He also wants the team, as a group and as individuals, to make up for past failings.

Newcastle’s home form isn’t disastrous but every other club in the top six has won more home games than NUFC.

With 11 wins from 17, Rafa’s team have failed to win six of their home matches and Jamaal Lascelles says ‘It’s about time we sorted our home form and start really kicking on at St James Park’.

It is the outstanding away form that has put Newcastle top of the table and the reality is that if United had beaten Blackburn, Bristol City and Wolves at St James Park, they would be now 17 points clear of third and already be planning for the Premier League.

On a personal level, it is fair to say that Jamaal Lascelles has had mixed fortunes this season, including starting really badly in those first two matches of the season, after which he was dropped.

The Newcastle Captain says that ‘We owe Fulham’ and it was Lascelles himself who was ‘marking’ Matt Smith (see image above) when he scored the winner at Craven Cottage in August.

Newcastle have already had payback on Huddersfield last Saturday and the same on Saturday would be another major step towards promotion, with then fixtures against three clubs in the bottom eight.

Jamaal Lascelles:

“We need to put things right back at St James Park because in our last home game we didn’t start too well.

“It’s about time we sorted out our home form and start really kicking on at St James Park.

“So against Fulham I want us to start well and get on the front foot early on, we are very positive we can extend our unbeaten run.

We owe Fulham one as well and all we’re looking for is the three points – hopefully that’s what we can deliver.

“If somebody had said to us before these three away games ‘Would you take seven points?’ – we would have grabbed their hands off – all three teams are tough sides and they’re all looking for promotion.

“It’s been a big week because it’s (also) been a case of taking three points off other sides as well, creating that gap.

“We want that gap and we want to keep it, increase it.

“We are not going to take our foot off the gas at all – we have put in a great shift this past week and you can tell how tired the boys are.

“The midfield has been excellent this week, looking after the back four, but individually and collectively throughout the whole team I’m really pleased with how everyone has played – now we prepare for Fulham."




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