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Jamaal Lascelles disappointed Steve Bruce on his return to Newcastle United’s starting lineup after producing an uninspiring performance in Monday night’s 2-0 loss to Chelsea.
Bruce chose to recall that the 27-year-old at Stamford Bridge had lost Fabian Schar for the next eight weeks, after the Swiss center midfielder was forced to undergo surgery after suffering knee ligament damage against Southampton.
Lascelles had missed the Saints win and his team’s previous home loss to Crystal Palace with a thigh injury held in Everton last month, just weeks after the Toon captain recovered from Covid-19.
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But Lascelles failed to bring his leadership to the fore and lead Newcastle by example in South West London on their return to action, as United produced a lifeless performance at both ends of the field and ultimately, deserved to be defeated: they only achieved 35%. possession and had only four shots on goal.
Magpies’ defense received much criticism for their efforts at Stamford Bridge from Gary Neville, who noted on Sky Sports how Bruce’s bottom line was at six and seven and pointed to winger Jamal Lewis for his role in Timo Werner’s goal.
“Just looking at it directly from Newcastle’s point of view, it seems there are gaps everywhere,” he said, via quotes from Live Chronicle. “You think to yourself, every time you see a team defend a corner, they usually have that [six-yard box] covered and they usually have three or four there [at the edge of the box].
“It’s a good delivery, but there is room everywhere. Werner is against Jamal Lewis, so it all comes down to whether the man is going to do his job and Jamal Lewis is really, very poor, he’s a poor defense, poor concentration. He is sleeping. “
Overall, however, Lewis’s performance was not the worst of a Newcastle player at Chelsea, having delivered moments of merit up front and leaving Stamford Bridge having received more touches of the ball (62) than any of his teammates from equipment, according to Who scored.
But for Lascelles, their efforts had little merit, as goals from Olivier Giroud and Werner gave the Toon its 13th loss of the Premier League season and placed St. James’ Park natives are firmly in a relegation fight with a resurgence from Fulham.
Lascelles had plenty of opportunities to set a positive tone for United as they defended themselves against Chelsea’s advances, but he ended the night with only one successful tackle to his name and made no interceptions while those around him – Emil Krafth (1), Joe Willock (2), Isaac Hayden (3), Ciaran Clark (2) – each broke the Blues attacks.
Made a high team four free spaces, and while that may speak for an afterthought sense of defense, the Magpies really could have had the captain simply bring a bit of a lull to proceedings and try to set up some Newcastle counterattacks with a better knockback from the pullback instead. to push it away.
Her only inning of the match also came after just 15 minutes when she did excellently deny Tammy Abraham a chance to score, stepping in late to catch the ball before the man inside her own box and failing to hit referee Peter Bankes. a decision to make.
But that was in the end, as Lascelles was unable to maintain his performance at that standard as Chelsea kept pushing. Far from adapting to the effort of a captain and on his return to the starting eleven.
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