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Jamaal Lascelles says beating a ‘World class team’ shows what Newcastle United are capable of

2 weeks ago
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Jamaal Lascelles has been talking about how quickly fortunes can change in football.

The Newcastle captain ecstatic to bounce back from losing 5-0 at Leicester, with a narrow 1-0 win against Man Utd.

A game of few chances and neither goalkeeper really making a save, luckily Newcastle had Premier League debut maker Matty Longstaff supplying the only quality shot on goal in the game, that gave David De Gea no chance.

As for the 19 year old, Jamaal Lascelles declares: “It was a fantastic debut for Matty – you couldn’t write it – and I was pleased for him and his brother that they were playing together.”

Can’t disagree with any of that but the NUFC captain does get a little bit carried away when stating ‘you know they’re a world class team’ when referring to Manchester United.

The truth is they are looking anything but at the minute and with seven injuries ruling out most of the better players they do still have, Newcastle were facing a struggling team very low on confidence, with even the vast majority of Manchester United fans predicting they would lose.

Man Utd are now 12th in the table and haven’t scored more than one goal in any game since the opening day of the season, hadn’t won any away game in seven months and hadn’t won an away game in the Premier League straight after a midweek European game for two and a half years.

Hopefully the Newcastle players will take confidence from this result but I do hope as well that they don’t get too carried away like Jamaal Lascelles appears to be doing. Chelsea, Wolves and West Ham are all far bigger tests than Man Utd at this moment in time and to get any decent return of points from these next three games, I think Newcastle will have to find far more attacking threat than they did on Sunday.

The team Manchester United did have out, maybe had one ‘World Class’ player in David De Gea and a couple of good quality players in Rashford and Maguire. Apart though from Daniel James who is showing promise, I’m not sure even this relegation threatened Newcastle team would be keen on taking on any of the rest of that Man Utd side.

A big test for Newcastle in these next four weeks or so, the signs will be positive I think if they can navigate these games successfully.

Jamaal Lascelles speaking to the official club site:

“They (Newcastle fans) travelled down there to watch us play (at Leicester) and we lost 5-0, so we do feel for the fans when things like that happen.

“It’s nice to bounce back and get a result for them.

“The atmosphere was great on Sunday, they were behind us for the whole game and it makes a big difference when they do that.

“We’re very thankful for that and we’re just glad that we gave them three points.

“Things change really fast in football, going from a bad experience down at Leicester, losing 5-0 and having a tough week in training, then in the next game playing Man U; you do fancy yourself, but at the same time you know they’re a world class team so it doesn’t get any easier.

“But we rolled our sleeves up and we got a big reaction. That’s exactly what we needed, so it’s been a really good week.

The manager made a few changes; we know how hard a job it is for a manager to drop players and put players on the bench, but he’s put Matty Longstaff in there, added Ciaran (Clark) to the team and obviously Allan (Saint-Maximin) was back in the team, so a few new faces who haven’t really featured this season and they did a great job.

“It was a fantastic debut for Matty – you couldn’t write it – and I was pleased for him and his brother that they were playing together.

“All over the team, we were enthusiastic, energetic, in their faces.

“We’ve set our standard now and that’s how we always need to play. Nothing less.

“We’ll enjoy this little international break and after that, we’ll start planning for another big game at Chelsea.

“I think momentum is a big thing in football but I think a little break won’t do us any harm and we can refresh but still knowing that we’ve just beaten Man U, and we’re still on a high from that, so hopefully we can go into the Chelsea game full of confidence.”

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