Jamaal Lascelles warns Newcastle are in for ‘a long, tough season’ after slipping into drop zone

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Jamaal Lascelles has admitted Newcastle are in for “a long tough season”, after Steve Bruce’s side dropped into the bottom three.

The United skipper has told his squad they can’t get demoralised  by the league table, because they’ve had a tough run of fixtures to start the season.

Newcastle entertain Brighton on Saturday in a game the manager admits will be key to surviving in the top flight.

Lascelles has labelled it a “six pointer” and reckons that star players will go on a scoring run to revive the team.

 

Jamaal Lascelles of Newcastle United shakes hands with former boss Rafael Benitez last season

The defender said: “It could be our biggest game yet. We have had a tough run at the start of the season, tough for any team.

“So it is going to be a long tough season. Ie have a good 11, a good squad and a lot of bodies. When we start finding the net we will get going.

“We were in a decent position, a win against Spurs and draw against Watford . Now we need to push and get three points against Brighton.

“These games are six pointers at home to Brighton, we have to fancy ourselves. They will be big competition for us and Saturday is the right time to do that.”

 

Steve Bruce is demanding a quick start against Brighton in a crucial game

Newcastle also have trips to Leicester and Chelsea ahead with Manchester United visiting St James’ Park.

Lascelles says there was no shame in losing to Liverpool last weekend. He added: “After a loss you are disheartened and beating yourselves up. It was Liverpool, Champions League winners.

“There were some individual mistakes in there. We created chances. We can’t let out heads drop. It is a learning curve. We can’t be disheartened. We had chances against them and played good stuff but didn’t get the points.”

“We’re not happy conceding three against Norwich and Liverpool. We are getting chances and creating a lot. When a couple of people start scoring the goals will be flowing and we have had a couple injured as well.

“It is important we all chip in with goals. I’d like to get a few. Fab (Schar) is a goal scoring centre half. He puts important points on the board. If we and midfielders can help out we will get to 40 points sooner than later.

“It is important we start well, and let the other team it will be tough. We want our fans right behind us. We try to start fast in home games and get them on the back foot in their half.”



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