Jamaal Lascelles was honest as usual when speaking in the aftermath of Newcastle United’s sixth Championship defeat of the season.
The Newcastle Captain says that you can’t blame the absence of Jonjo Shelvey or the performance of the referee.
However, Jamaal Lascelles says that you CAN blame Newcastle’s players for not putting the chances away and the failure to win second balls in their own box.
Another handicap for NUFC was the failure to attack set-pieces in a more productive way according to Lascelles, his centre-back partner did really well to find space on two occasions but Ciaran Clark failed to get them on target.
As for the opposition, Jamaal Lascelles sounds as frustrated as the supporters, with the cynical tactic of sacrificing yellow cards in return for breaking up play – altogether six Wednesday players picked up bookings.
As always in the Championship you don’t have to wait long for the next match to get back on track, with Lascelles and teammates facing Forest on Friday night.
Playing against his old team, the Newcastle defender says he is looking forward to getting revenge for the very annoying defeat that happened four weeks earlier at the City Ground.
“We weren’t up to it today.
“I thought we started off well, had quite a few chances.
“Maybe we should have done better attacking set-pieces – perhaps we need to work on getting our head on a few more because the deliveries are good.
“Their manager must have told them to slow the game down because every time we went forward we were getting kicked. They were fouling us every time we went forward and we didn’t really get to play our normal football.
“You can always ‘um’ and ‘ah’ and argue but the referee has to keep everyone happy and make the right decision. There’s nothing we can change and ultimately, that’s not what has cost us the game. What cost us the game was them winning second balls in our box and us not putting our chances away.
“Jonjo does bring something different but we have players who can slot into every position.
“We have a really strong team and players who are wanting to play, so it’s nothing to do with that (Shelvey missing). We could play a completely different team and I’d still expect us to win.
“I’m glad we have another game (Forest on Friday) around the corner. It’s a massive game for us – not just to win the three points but also to beat them.
“Last time at their place I felt we were a bit hard done by, we’re really looking forward to going into that game with 11 men and having them on our turf.”