Steve McClaren's verdict on banned Newcastle defender Jamaal Lascelles' red card

Steve McClaren had no complaints with the red card shown to Newcastle United defender Jamaal Lascelles in last night's 3-0 defeat at Everton.

Thursday, 4th February 2016, 5:00 am
Ross Barkley dinks home a penalty for 3-0 after Jamaal Lascelles was red-carded in conceding the last-gasp spot-kick

Lascelles will miss Saturday’s home game against West Bromwich Albion after being dismissed at Goodison Park.

The defender brought down Ross Barkley to concede a penalty in injury time.

And Barkley – who had converted a spot-kick after a foul by makeshift left-back Rolando Aarons six minutes earlier – delicately lifted the ball past Rob Elliot for Everton’s third goal.

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Aaron Lennon had given Everton a first-half lead, and goalkeeper Elliot kept Newcastle in the game until the 88th minute with a series of saves.

“He put himself in that situation, and you’re always liable to give away a penalty and a red card, which, unfortunately, Jamaal did,” said head coach McClaren.

Lascelles had come off the bench to replace the injured Chancel Mbemba in the first half.

McClaren added: “It’s a blow for us because we’ve lost him and Chancel now, although we hope Chancel will be better (for Saturday).”

McClaren hopes to have midfielder Jack Colback available for the West Brom game.

Colback – who missed the Everton game with a hamstring problem – would be able to deputise for injured pair Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara at left-back.