Newcastle United suffered back-to-back defeats in the Premier League by losing to Watford on Saturday – but some of the club’s supporters on Twitter did at least find some positivity from the performance of their defender and captain Jamaal Lascelles.
After losing 5-0 to Manchester City in midweek, Steve Bruce’s team travelled to Vicarage Road with a point to prove and had a one-goal lead at half-time courtesy of Dwight Gayle’s close-range goal.
The Magpies looked a real threat in the opening 45 minutes, but Watford took a big step towards Premier League safety with Troy Deeney scoring two penalties in the second period and earning the hosts a 2-1 win.
Newcastle appear to have lost some momentum since they pulled far away from the relegation zone and won’t want to season to finish on a negative with three fixtures remaining for them.
A selection of Newcastle supporters on social media were left disappointed following the team’s latest defeat, but felt that Lascelles was a bright spark for them.
The 26-year-old centre-back looked solid at the back with one brilliant goal-line clearance, while others around him disappointed and gave away two costly penalties during the second-half.
Here are some Newcastle fans commenting on Lascelles for his latest display:
Lascelles best player today for me
— Leroy (@LeroyNUFC) July 11, 2020
People who slate lascelles make me burst out laughing. It’s hilarious? Most important defender we’ve got.
— Jack ⚫️⚪️ (@J4CK_NUFC) July 11, 2020
Let’s take Lascelles tough. Makes a massive difference for us #nufc
— Dan Holmes ??????? (@DanToon4Life) July 11, 2020
Lascelles has been great so far. Goal line clearance, winning several headers. Absolute rock so far.
— Rob Staples (@DisturbedLilBoy) July 11, 2020
Amazing that some people don’t rate Lascelles #NUFC
— Ben Mancebo-Thomas (@BenMancebo) July 11, 2020
Tell u what Lascelles has bailed Manquillo out A LOT today.#NUFC
— NuFc For LIFE (@ToonBarmy59) July 11, 2020
Weird use of the squad available today. Mostly only Lascelles was switched on #nufc
— I’m not Rafa Benitez (@sazzerinho2) July 11, 2020
To be fair to Lascelles, I feel really sorry for him. He’s been solid today while the rest of the back line have been asleep, specifically in the 2nd half.
— Darren Rogers (@thetruestorey) July 11, 2020