Dressing room 'anger' at Newcastle United revealed in interview

Jamaal Lascelles says there was “anger” in the Newcastle United dressing room following the club’s 4-1 defeat to Manchester United.

Thursday, 22nd October 2020, 10:55 am

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side scored three late goals at St James’s Park to claim all three points.

Newcastle had led through an own goal, and Steve Bruce bemoaned his team’s “naivety” in the final minutes of the Premier League game.

“We were quite upset and angry at ourselves, really,” said Lascelles. “We started off pretty well. The way the team was set out, and the instructions given, we fancied ourselves.

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Jamaal Lascelles.

“At 1-1, when (Karl) Darlow saved, we thought 'is it one of those days for us?'. But, I think, we pushed on too much. We maybe should have realised we're playing against Manchester United, and kind of just shut up shop a little bit more, gone for the draw and looked to counter attack them a bit.

"In the end, we were just a bit too open, and it killed us a bit."

Newcastle must do better with what Lascelles believes is the strongest squad of his time at the club.

"I do think our performances can be better than what they have been," United's captain told NUFC TV. “We've still got things to work on, and every single game’s a learning curve. The more we play together, the more we'll gel. We've changed formation a couple of times too. When we click it'll be much easier.

"Since being at Newcastle, this is the strongest team we've had. Our mentality is we need to try and finish higher than we did last year. Our end game is to try and get top 10, if possible.”