Jamaal Lascelles has hailed the “heart and desire” in Newcastle United’s dressing room.
Rafa Benitez’s side scored two injury-time goals to beat Norwich City 4-3 on Wednesday night.
Dwight Gayle scored the winner SIX minutes into added time at St James’s Park. The result moved the club up to third place in the Championship ahead of Saturday’s game against bottom-placed Rotherham United.
And Lascelles, Newcastle’s captain, felt the team’s late comeback underlined the character and unity in the dressing room.
“It just shows how determined the boys are,” said the 22-year-old. “We don’t just come with talent, we’ve got heart and desire as well. It just goes to show what hard work can do.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game beforehand. Norwich are a good side and they were clinical with their chances but to be fair to the boys we dug deep and we came through a tough game.”
It just shows how determined the boys are. We don’t just come with talent, we’ve got heart and desire as well. It just goes to show what hard work can do.Rafa Benitez
Gayle – who left the stadium with the match ball, having netted all three of United’s goals – had missed four early chances before opening the scoring in the 24th minute.
“Credit to him, he kept going,” said Lascelles. “He could easily have spat his dummy out after the couple of chances he missed, but he stuck with it and we filled him with confidence at half time saying ‘you’re going to win us the game’.
“He got his head down and he did it for us.”
On the Rotherham game, Lascelles added: “It’ll be a different challenge, probably more of a direct, physical game. It will be a tough place to go.”