Jamaal Lascelles has returned to the Championship but it hasn’t been a pleasant experience so far.
The former Forest player was a brave choice by Rafa Benitez to be Captain, a big responsibility as a 22 year old.
Looking back at the game, Lascelles says that ‘Huddersfield clearly respected the talent we have got’, which is one description of what happened on Saturday. Another would be that the visitors simply sat back and were confident Newcastle wouldn’t break them down, whilst they knew they could cause problems on the counter-attack.
Giving away two such sloppy goals means that you have to score at least three to win and to be fair, Newcastle never ever looked like doing that.
Even the goal when it came was a poor penalty given away and then a shocker of a penalty from Dwight Gayle, very lucky that it popped up straight back to him to finish with his head.
Jamaal Lascelles has assured the Newcastle supporters that there will be a ‘better performance’ against Reading – let’s hope he is right on that one.
Jamaal Lascelles speaking to the club’s official TV channel:
“Very disappointed, you can tell when we went into the dressing room afterwards, we know ourselves it wasn’t good enough.
“It wasn’t a great performance…conceded two sloppy goals and in the first half we weren’t good enough, second half we put a bit more pressure on. A bit open at the back as we gambled with trying to score.
“Huddersfield clearly respected the talent we have got, sat off us quite a bit, which allowed us to only really move it from side to side really – try to break the two banks of four, to be fair they were organised.
“We were trying to win our home game and pushed everybody forward and at the end we were just open at the back. They countered us and it was two v two.
“Still loads of games to play and we can’t keep…start, blaming each other and getting our heads down. We have to stay positive and you know, we have still got to gel together as a team.
“We get paid to play so we should be able to deal with any circumstances – we can’t be saying pressure here, pressure there. We weren’t good enough, individually or as a team, as a whole it wasn’t good enough.
“We will fix it.”