Jamaal Lascelles says that Newcastle stuck to their game plan on Saturday.

The only problem being of course, that moments of real quality opened up the visitors and Lascelles and his team-mates were punished.

Liverpool scored two goals and the stats say that they only three shots on target, I don’t even remember Dubravka making that other save so guessing it wasn’t a worldie.

At the other end Newcastle had two efforts on target and one of them did produce a stunning save from Karius in the home goal.

The finishing from Salah and Mane was absolutely clinical and their quality isn’t exactly a secret, with the scousers having scored well over 100 goals now in all competitions.

Liverpool paid more for one of their defenders than Newcastle’s whole team cost, that was the reality.

However, Jamaal Lascelles says there is no reason to feel down and that Newcastle can give everybody a game in the right circumstances: ‘I don’t think we should be scared of anyone – we beat Man Utd the other week, it’s just about whoever turns up on the day in football.’

This season, no manager has been better than Rafa Benitez in getting results against relegation rivals and it is these next two matches against Southampton and Huddersfield that are key.

As Jamaal Lascelles says, we all simply have to ‘go again’ on Saturday, with three points which would go a long way to ensuring safety.

Jamaal Lascelles:

“We knew it was going to be tough going to Anfield and we stuck to our game plan, but unfortunately, they opened us up and scored the first (goal after 40 minutes).

“At half-time we thought we’d come in and refresh, listen to the manager, who told us to stay in the game as long as possible and try to put more pressure on them at the end.

“But then they scored again (10 minutes into the second-half) and up against a team like this, it becomes really difficult because they have world class players.

“Our tactics were to try and stay in the game as long as possible and try to get into the second half, then when their fans start getting on them we would go for it.

“But they kind of ruined our game plan by scoring, and then a team like them, with that style of play, it’s really difficult to get back into it.

“Credit to the boys as they kept running until right until the end, they put in a shift, and we will look at what we did wrong and how we can correct it this week.

“We’ll try to take the positives too and go again against Southampton.

 “We played against them up at St James Park and managed to get a good result then, that was with Coutinho at the time.

Liverpool’s are probably up there with the best front threes in Europe.

“They are all world class players and I thought during the first 40 minutes we did well against them.

“I don’t think we should be scared of anyone – we beat Man Utd the other week, it’s just about whoever turns up on the day in football.”

  • TheNutJob

    Lets see you lot pagger the Saints on Saturday & not go into a shell if you`re in the lead then

    • Wor Lass

      That`s got to be the plan. Tell your kid that if he doesn`t predict a win then i won`t either. That should help!

  • ghostrider

    Talk is so cheap. Action is what is needed.
    We keep hearing Lascelles come out and say this that and the other. Is he paid a bonus to do it because I’m sick of listening to the clap trap.

    Any manager and player can come out with what Lascelles comes out with but if we don’t see any of it come to a positive end product then words are exactly what they’re meant to be….words….not actions.

    • Lakeland Mag

      I’ll tell you the best action that is needed. Ashley to sell the club to someone who puts the sporting achievement of the club on the field of play at least on a par with their business interests, or to provide the funds to allow Rafa to strengthen the squad enough to make it one that is healthily competitive in the Premier League, not repeatedly scrabbling around trying to avoid relegation.

      • ghostrider

        Yeah ok. Any idea what owner is capable of doing that at Newcastle United?

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    On a different not no time has had more shots away at Man City than Newcastle so we are not as negative as people think also scored three at West Ham and should have been six. It’s a tight league and if things had gone our way would have been in the top half and might happen yet.

    • ghostrider

      Generally we aren’t negative in the first half of most games.
      The issue is in the second half and especially in the last half hour of 90% of games.
      It’s tactical nonsense by a manager that should easily be able to see that we are passing the impetus back to even the bang average teams.

      Against the bigger teams he’s far too cautious and it’s why we aren’t clinical when we get the few chances we do get because the system he employs does not generally create harmony going forward and certainly not a killer instinct among those that are capable of it, if drilled correctly.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        You can add on to that when we score a goal we seem to drop back twenty yards when we were well in control pointless as just waiting for the other team to score.

  • Leazes.

    ….’But they kind of ruined our game plan by scoring’.

    • thewildchimp

      The audacity of those Scousers!

  • Rich Lawson

    It’s only Mike Ashley we need to be ”scared of ”

  • Cuh

    “Stay in the game as long as possible, and pressure them at the end”… We can never beat top teams this way.

    We don’t have enough quality up front to score more than one goal on most days over 90 minutes. How much more when we try getting a goal in 10 or less?

    And against top teams, you just can’t hang in there. Not when you have More Diame, Shelvey, in your team as DMs. Not the most reliable