Lascelles expects winning feeling to linger
Jamaal Lascelles says the confidence Newcastle have gained from beating Man Utd will not be lost over the international break and could kick-start their season.
The Magpies claimed a 1-0 win over the Red Devils on Sunday, courtesy of a first goal from midfielder Matty Longstaff, who rifled in a fine strike in the second half at St James’ Park.
It was a much-needed win for Steve Bruce’s side, who moved onto eight points after the victory, and the memorable success will now hopefully provide a platform for them to build on when the Premier League action resumes after the current international break.
Lascelles says the win has had a positive effect on the squad and goes some way to lifting the gloom that had descended on Tyneside once again after a miserable 5-0 defeat at Leicester City the previous week.
Newcastle go to Chelsea next on October 19 and Lascelles hopes it’s more of the same at Stamford Bridge.
He told the club’s website: “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.”
The victory was only Bruce’s second since taking charge in the summer but the manner of it against one of the so-called top six and the fact local boy Longstaff struck the winner on his first Premier League start means it was a cherished victory.
Lascelles was delighted for the young matchwinner but believes the whole side deserves praise for their performance, although he warned they must now maintain those standards.
He added: “It was a fantastic debut for Matty – you couldn’t write it. 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.”
Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.