Despite two defeats to start the season, Jamaal Lascelles believes Newcastle fans ‘are very understanding when it comes to the challenge’.

The United Captain thinks the supporters ‘recognise what we are up against’ and that they will support the team ‘either way’.

Last season became a lot like the 2009/10 one, with the Newcastle fans having an ever stronger bond with the team and manager – whilst still having a deep distrust of Mike Ashley, just as happened with Chris Hughton seven years earlier.

This has intensified over the summer as the owner has undermined both Rafa Benitez and his team, with a lack of backing  in the transfer market.

The players and manager haven’t lost any support from fans as they can see the blame lies squarely at Mike Ashley’s door for the problems at the club.

Just so long as Rafa and the players are honest with supporters that won’t change.

In an earlier interview with the club website after defeat at Huddersfield, Jamaal Lascelles did leave himself open to criticism/ridicule. The Newcastle Captain claiming:

“They (Huddersfield) only had one shot on target and it went in.

“We had a lot of chances and unfortunately none of them went in.

“We had a lot of good chances to equalise and we could even have gone on to win it.”

Newcastle fans could see there was no lack of effort from the team but for Lascelles to claim it was just bad luck and United somehow deserved to win makes him look foolish.

No problems of course with accentuating the positives but it can be a fatal mistake thinking you can paint a picture to supporters that is blatantly untrue.

Jamaal Lascelles talking to the Chronicle:

“Now is not the time to be negative at all.

We are listening to the manager and working our socks off in training.

“We have got good stuff going on here, and we have a lot more to bring to the table.”

 “We were in the Championship last season and we lost our first two games then.

“The same thing has happened now but we are in the Premier League.

“We have to stay positive and take positives from both opening games because I think there are quite a few.

“We have had two difficult games so far.

“A win against Nottingham Forest in the cup will give us confidence.”

“I think our fans are very understanding when it comes to the challenge.

“They recognise what we are up against.

“They will support us either way but the onus is on us to make sure we perform better.

“And we need to start getting some wins now.”

  • Leazes Ender

    I don’t understand why Benitez hasn’t stopped these morons talking to the press.

    • Geordie-7676

      He is the club captain… was only 3 years ago that every man and his dog were complaining that we never heard from Colo… Jamaal is speaking out and still people aren’t happy.

      Beggars belief!

      • Leazes Ender

        No people were complaining that Colo never spoke on the pitch as a Captain, or spoke out against the shambles that was in place at the club…. not some dreary sound bite about ‘positives’ or how we were now going to take the cups seriously….. this sort of interview for the press is an unmemorable and meaningless page filler.

        • Geordie-7676

          We have different opinions on what people expected of Colo, and obviously very different expectations on what should be being said.

          Just out of curiosity, what would you want Lascelles to come out and say to the press?

          • Rich Lawson

            Honestly at the moment prefer nothing,concentrate on the next game and let Rafa do the press comments ?

          • Leazes Ender

            Nothing…. Benitez should come out with a statement.

          • Geordie-7676

            And what would the context of his statement be?

            Would it be different to his conferences? his post-match interviews?

            I don’t quite understand what you are expecting. Here we have the club captain, coming out saying that as a club, as a squad, as a team, we all need to pull together, and work hard. We are working hard in training, trying to rectify the problems we have had, and are looking forward to trying to put in a good performance against forest. we appreciate the fans and their support, but know that we are the only ones that can do anything about it.

            I don’t understand what kind of statement rafa could make that has any reference to Lascelles words. I don’t understand why you think that hearing the club captain talking positively is a bad thing.

            Alternatively of course, Rafa could walk in front of a camera, call Ashley a W****r, ban all players from talking to the press unless of course they promise to call Ashley a W****r, and then say nothing until we win. That more like it for you?

        • Rich Lawson

          As you point out,talking now needs to be done on the pitch not in meaningless paper fodder.

  • Toonrobbybobson

    People need to not jump on the players backs so much. We could easily point to a horrid bunch of wasters who did not want to be at the club and ragged it down. The ‘vast’ majority want to play and do whats best for the club. It IS NOT their fault that Ashley continues to cripple the club and we could do a lot worse than the bunch of players we have now in these testing cicumstances. Lascelles is a good lad who is young and learning his trade. Hes far from the finished article with his peak a long way off. His heart is in the right place.

    Quite often players are damned if they do and damned if they dont. A little more encouragement from some of our fans would go a long way. But our season really is about getting behind the squad we end up with and staying in the Premier League – moaning wont help that currently now its clear Ashley isnt going to put his money where his big fat pie eating mouth is.

  • Steve Pearce

    Jamal – what we are up against is a crawling piece of Southern slime that doesn’t care about you and your teammates. I wouldn’t like to call him a moron to his face as he actually seems intelligent and well spoken and believe you me he would make quite a mess of whoever called him one!