Jamaal Lascelles says that there has been a different feeling at the training ground this past week.
Despite losing 5-0 at Leicester last Sunday, the NUFC captain insists that this ‘different feeling’ hasn’t been a negative one.
Instead he claims that that thrashing at the King Power stadium has been a ‘wake-up call’ for the Newcastle team and that they now have to take responsibility for getting away from the relegation zone.
Jamaal Lascelles saying ‘We need to make sure we’re doing everything right. You can’t slack off for one second.’
As always, it is actions not words that speak loudest and we have heard plenty of hot air already this season, so many players claiming how great life under Steve Bruce is and even some of them making negative comments about Rafa Benitez.
A shame that their actions haven’t matched the talk and whilst the display at Leicester was terrible, I would argue they were even worse at Norwich in the very first away game, when it could have been 6-0 or worse, very lucky that Norwich didn’t properly punish them and that Martin Dubravka had an inspired game.
Equally, home displays against Watford and Brighton have been shocking, so it is very much time for Newcastle’s players to show far more against a Man Utd team with so many problems of their own.
Jamaal Lascelles in the match programme v Man Utd:
“There has been a different feeling around the training ground this week – not a negative one, but we’ve had a wake-up call.
“We’re in a position we don’t want to be in, and it’s our jobs to get ourselves out of it.
“We need to make sure we’re doing everything right.
“You can’t slack off for one second.
“With anything you do – eating, sleeping or training – everything has got to be right because it all makes a big impact on the pitch.
“We got beat 5-0 but we are not going to let our heads drop.
“We know we need to correct things..
‘We’ve always done quite well against the bigger sides.
“Man United will be thinking about coming to Newcastle and winning but it’s going to be a tough game for them.
“If we’re well organised and switched on, we can get after them.”