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.”