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Jamaal Lascelles has four pieces of advice for Newcastle players

3 years ago
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Rafa Benitez felt that Newcastle were in control until the 74th minute of Monday’s match but Jamaal Lascelles disagrees.

He feels it was Burnley that were in control but at the same time weren’t the better team.

However, he does agree with the United boss that it was only ‘one lapse in concentration’ that decided the game.

Ayoze Perez far too weak when caught in possession near his own box, the winning goal in the back of the net only seconds later.

The Newcastle captain thinks his team came close a few times to equalising in the final stages as they belatedly posed a threat to the Burnley goal.

However, he takes a lot of heart from the strength of the team in defence overall this season.

As for moving forward, Jamaal Lascelles advises the team that ‘It’s important that you stay humble, stay level-headed and you’ve got to respect every team, but at the same time be confident you’re going to beat them.’

Saturday at home to Bournemouth is the perfect opportunity for everybody to bounce back.

Jamaal Lascelles:

“We are very disappointed with the defeat, naturally.

“It was one lapse in concentration (for the goal), they didn’t have many chances, or when they did we dealt with them fairly easily.

“But down the other end we had two or three chances where we could have equalised at the end.

“I suppose it’s just one of those games where things didn’t quite go for us.

Turf Moor’s a tough place to come, they have played this way for years where they’re hard to break down, they are good at set-pieces and they’re a compact team.

“Maybe we didn’t control the game well enough – I wouldn’t say they were the better team, but they definitely controlled it.

“I’m just looking forward to playing them at home though.

“Obviously we’re disappointed but we aren’t going to let our heads drop. We’re going to look to turn things around on Saturday.

“The main positive to take is our defensive organisation. We’ve been really organised this season and hard to break down.

Burnley didn’t have many chances apart from the goal. That is the key positive to take.

“Maybe we could have scored a couple of goals but it’s one of them where it all pans out over the course of a season and we will be looking to turn things around on Saturday.

In the Championship this team learned to just put these results in the past quickly and move on.

“You can’t be too happy when you win and you can’t be too down when you lose.

“It’s important that you stay humble, stay level-headed and you’ve got to respect every team, but at the same time be confident you’re going to beat them.

“That’s how we’ll be approaching Saturday.”

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