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Newcastle Captain reaches amazing new heights in putting positive spin on Huddersfield game

2 years ago
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I have no problems with showing positivity but Jamaal Lascelles is in a whole other universe.

The Newcastle Captain has stretched credibility to the very limits previously, poor performances turned into tales of bad luck and how great the team had supposedly done.

After Huddersfield though, I think Jamaal Lascelles should realise that we could all see what actually happened, whether there in the flesh of watching on TV.

It wasn’t that Huddersfield were world beaters in comparison to Newcastle but they were far better and fully deserved their win.

According to Jamaal Lascelles though, Huddersfield had ‘only one shot on target’ whereas Newcastle ‘had a lot of chances and unfortunately none of them went in’.

Hmmm, I must have dosed off when Newcastle players were missing chance after chance.

There weren’t loads of saves/chances at either end but all I can remember is Ritchie having that very good first-half effort well saved, then Ayoze Perez putting a chance 10 yards over the bar in the second-half when it dropped to him eight yards out in the second-half.

As for Lascelles though ‘We had a lot of good chances to equalise and we could even have gone on to win it’.

It isn’t a crisis and not all doom and gloom (yet) BUT it was a terrible match to watch and the lack of creativity from Newcastle did drain the life out of you.

Whilst Rob Elliot didn’t have loads to save, Huddersfield were by far the better team up to that 50th minute Mooy goal and put a lot of pressure on the Newcastle box, with only a decent number of blocks and last ditch tackles, as well as the odd intervention from the Newcastle keeper, seeing the match remain goalless.

Once they went ahead, Huddersfield predictably sat back on their lead a little bit and rarely, if ever, looked troubled.

Joselu tried but failed to offer any real threat and the sight of Mohamed Diame as the second substitution hardly helped. Murphy looked lively in his 10 minutes and gives a little hope of better to come.

However, after three hours of football, the only real threat on goal has been that Matt Ritchie effort yesterday.

Despite Jamaal Lascelles rose-tinted glasses, it is clear Rafa Benitez is under no illusions that he needs far more threat in the attacking third.

Jamaal Lascelles speaking to the official club website:

“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.

“So it’s one of those where we need to look at ourselves.

“I thought we started off well. We stuck to our game-plan, we were compact, we were narrow, we knew they’d have a lot of possession, like they did last year, but they didn’t really create that much.

“We need to watch the goal back and see what we could have done better, because Mooy shouldn’t have been allowed to take a touch and shoot from there.

“I do think we could have done a bit more.

We could have been more ruthless because they were in their own half.

“We had a lot of good chances to equalise and we could even have gone on to win it. But, in the Premier League, it’s not about how many chances you have, it’s about turning those chances into goals.

“We can’t be too down. Now is the time to be positive. We have to stick together, regroup, and get ready to go again.”

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Stats from BBC Sport:

Huddersfield 1 Newcastle 0

Goals:

Huddersfield: Aaron Mooy 50

Possession was Huddersfield 53% Newcastle 47%

Total shots were  Huddersfield 7 Newcastle 13

Shots on target were Huddersfield  3 Newcastle 5

Corners were  Huddersfield 7 Newcastle 3

Newcastle United:

Elliot, Manquillo, Clark, Lascelles, Mbemba, Ritchie, Hayden (Diame 76), Merino, Atsu, Perez (Murphy 80), Gayle (Joselu 52)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Aarons, Saivet, Mitrovic

Crowd: 24,128

Referee: Craig Pawson

(Read what Rafa Benitez had to say after the game here)

(Graeme Souness slaughtered one Newcastle player for the defeat, read here)

(To view and to add your marks to our Newcastle v Huddersfield interactive ratings go here)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the match, read it here)

(Read Alan Shearer’s reaction after the final whistle here)

(All contributions from Newcastle fans welcome, send articles (as well as ideas/suggestions) to [email protected])

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