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.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Huddersfield 1 Newcastle 0


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)

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  • Paul Patterson

    Anyone looking at the stats would agree with him, sadly the game tells a different story..

    • Geordiegiants

      Clarko will be able to answer that one properly 😴

      • Soldier

        where`s Clarko when you need him

        • Leazes Ender

          ask fleckman its his brother.

          • Geordiegiants


  • TheFatController

    Who’d be a Newcastle captain? Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

    Lascelles told it how it was after the Southampton game two years ago, when something needed to change. However as he says, now is the time to be positive, the players can leave the negativity to others because the minute this squad doesn’t think positive we will sink like a stone.

    Lawro once said players don’t need much of an excuse to not be 100% at it, and Rafa told them two weeks ago, they can’t use the transfer negativity as an excuse.

    Whatever the lack of quality, they all fight to the end, and are a team.

    Currently many on this site make a mockery of the forever trotted out adage that ‘Newcastle supporters will accept anyone so long as they are seen giving 100%’… equate that with the dog’s abuse regularly handed out to the likes of Dummett on here.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    When you are 1 nil down going into the last quarter you hoy on the Cavalry not the likes of Slomo
    Mitro, Murphy etc pack the box and bang in the ball

  • ash1001

    Lascelles in my opinion is part of the problem, its time he did his talking on the pitch, look at there goal and you see him backing off and off, marking no one, allowing Mooy to get into the position he wanted to be in and the rest is history.
    If he is the organiser of the defence I would suggest he reads the manual again, as defensive tactics are naive at best, as for his performance he has to be one of the slowest players at the club, and another advocate of the sideways pass.
    Sorry Jamaal, you are part of the problem.

  • Leazes Ender

    He must have been watching a different game.

    • Rich Lawson

      Watching rather than playing !

  • Toonbadger

    “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.”
    “WE” more like “YOU” look at his positioning in the build up to the goal he should have been up his R`ce not 3 yards away looking at him and then throwing his arms in the air blaming others. He`s a prat

  • Geordiegiants

    Our fans are a very fickle bunch, blaming Lascelles all doom and gloom, remember last year we lost at the start and won the league, my money is on a top 4 finish.

    • Leazes Ender

      What….all of your money?

      • Geordiegiants

        🙄 Howare Leazes.

    • Albert Stubbins

      I think your being a tad optimistic. Maybe top 6 is more realistic.

      • Geordiegiants

        I’ll go halves with you 😀

  • Soldier

    Shades of Saylor in Lascelles

  • Soldier

    without Shelvey the midfield hasn`t got a clue going forward

  • Toonrobbybobson

    For all we were rubbish we had the better chances. Perez missed a sitter for instance. It could easily have gone a different direction that match. Mooy scored, Ritchie didnt. Joselu could have squared to Ritchie. Manquillo could have done a lot more than a backpass when clear to pick out. We arent taking chances! If we keep creating those though we will start scoring. Need some patience some fans. Too quick to judge.

    Yes we need more quality and bodies but thats an Ashley problem no one has any say in.

    But look back at the match we were rubbish, away to a buzzing team first prem match in donkies years and we did have the better chances but for some inexperience letting Mooy through free to score. We actually look in the main way better defensively than we looked last time in Prem. We dont capitulate and we keep going. This is a completely different character in this team. Back the lads even without the quality we are crying out for and I think we will still stay up.

    I think there are teams that will concede plenty this year worse than us. We will squeek out some draws where we once wouldnt as well. But goal difference is important and I dont see us conceding as many as previous seasons.

    Have some faith. Once window shuts players in or not things will settled down and the team will start getting results.

    If I was given chance as manager though most of squad id be open to offers on if I could improve some parts of team. Likes of Perez who shows no signs of growth.

    • Rich Lawson

      Defense isn’t that bad,Joselu looked ok on his debut,early days, but Gayle at this level looks poor unless he can play off a big man.Tactics have to change to suit the opposition,everybody knows the 4 4 1 1 now and will adjust for it ?

      • Toonrobbybobson

        Toonearly to judge Gayle. Dont think hes fit either but Rafa must feel hes had no choice first 2 games. Remember he didnt play last few preseason.

        Gayle can do it this level he just needs time, sharpness and some service. Perez runs around more but is lightweight and gives nowt. His lay offs are poor, his finishing getting worse. But what bugs me the most is when he does something he stops and admires it ball watching instead of being ready alert or going into the next phase. Its like oh ive done my bit. There was a bit against Spurs where he should have got in box for Atsu and instead gave up and Atsu got it in. The layoff choice as well when 3 on 2 against Spurs end of first half. Hes going backwards for me.

        Gayle though has scored enough goals to be given some backing at this level. He scored some for Palace. He can do it dont write him off yet. Hes our main choice at present as well!

        Joselu looks as though he can offer a decent option. Seems mobile as well with some quick feet holding off with interchanging. Early days but flashes of why he was probably brought in. Mind wish he spotted Ritchie unmarked to his right instead of shooting at one point but hes a striker! Would 9 time out of time rather see that.

      • Toonrobbybobson

        Also I still think Rafa is possibly using results to put pressure on Ashley. Ashley the cheeky fat so and so trying to suggest Rafa would get this team high up in his interview! He needs a wake up call. If Rafa thinks he cant do it and ends up leaving then it wont attract anyone for Ashley to protect his asset. Ashley is an idiot he should have at least stuck some money in for Rafa this season to support the momentum. Still ive faith in Rafa to sort things out whatever happens between now and the window shutting. But Rafa is definitely showing Ashley up. Interesting he said in his interview the fans know the score hinting theyve seen it before.

    • Jimblag23

      You make many a decent point but last year….Middlesbrough!

      Decent defence but no goals = relegation.

    • Leazes Ender

      Have you heard the term ‘Suicide Squad’?…… I’ve never seen such a complete and absolute shower!

      • anyobrien

        Don’t watch anymore simple

    • anyobrien

      Great post but in this league you have to take your chances… Perez chance would of been buried by a decent epl striker and that’s the difference.

  • Jimblag23

    It’s not too crazy what he’s saying. Huddersfield were equally bad, the difference is they had one moment of quality.

    • anyobrien

      Two terrible teams tbh

      • Both teams were very well organized, they just had a bit more luck and edge at home. Huddersfield will be tough to crack for any team this year. I can see even big 6 teams struggle to win there.
        They didn’t have 4 starters missing, did they?

  • Desree

    It is a crisis – How do I know – because we have seen this pattern over and over since 1997. Under investment in the team and sub standard players leads to huge struggles. No recognised goal scorer leads to huge struggles. Been saying this all summer. THIS TEAM WILL NOT KEEP CLEAN SHEETS. We also have 30 odd goals in this team – That i less than a goal per game.

    I can’t see more than 30 points from this team – Rafa does not want to be here.

    • Albert Stubbins

      He does but under a different owner I think.

  • Bowlsey

    A lot of you guys seem clued up on here so maybe one of you can help clear something up for me that has mystified me for years now. Why are modern managers so deathly afraid of using a 4-4-2 system?! This system of only using one target man upfront may work if you’re a top European team with a squad of world class players but when the hell has it ever worked for Newcastle United consistently?! Even in the Championship we struggled for goals towards the end and I guarantee we wouldn’t have stumbled over the line had we played with two strikers upfront last season considering that we had the best squad in the Championship by a country mile! The best teams could probably get away with playing with seven in defence, two in midfield and a lone striker and they’d probably STILL win most games because of the quality of their players. We have a squad of average players with a smattering of quality here and there and we struggle to score on the best of days nevermind days like yesterday so partner our strikers and play 4-4-2!

    • mentalman

      i think a 5-3-2 or 3-5-2 would have been more suited yesterday

    • Albert Stubbins

      It all about not conceding goals. Extra man in midfield boll*****.It’s working really well for us. Lol. When Perez is the extra man at the front of the diamond you might as well have a polis cone in his place it’s pointless.

  • Cuh

    Name a Newcastle player who would have scored Perez’s “sitter”?

    People talk about it like it was an easy chance.

  • Albert Stubbins

    Reminds me of Saddam Hussein’s right hand man that time he said the Americans had no chance of getting into Baghdad whilst the yanks we’re literally blowing up the palace in the background while he spoke. Sorry Jamaal we,re not buying it mate.