Jamaal Lascelles calls on Newcastle United team-mates to ‘stick together’ as Magpies skipper vows to keep ‘fighting’ to avoid relegation after netting last-gasp equaliser to snatch a point against Aston Villa
- Jamaal Lascelles says Newcastle United will keep ‘fighting’ to avoid relegation
- The Newcastle captain rescued a point with an equaliser against Aston Villa
- Magpies have drawn three on the bounce as they look to survive this season
- And Lascelles, 27, said ‘we have got to stick together’ following the draw
- Steve Bruce’s side have been hit by injuries and dressing room bust ups
Jamaal Lascelles has vowed that Newcastle United will keep ‘fighting’ to avoid the threat of relegation after the Magpies captain rescued a point against Aston Villa on Friday.
Steve Bruce’s side have lurked on the precipice of the drop zone for much of this season, with Fulham, West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United occupying the dreaded positions for the most part.
However, the Cottagers’ resurgence in form has onset a wave of nervousness in Tyneside. Injuries, uninspiring football and dressing ground bust ups have served to heighten fans’ fears of relegation to the Championship.
Jamaal Lascelles says Newcastle will keep ‘fighting’ to avoid relegation from the top-flight
The Magpies netted a late equaliser to snatch a point against Aston Villa on Friday night
And the Magpies went close to leaving Friday’s contest against Aston Villa empty-handed after Ciaran Clarke put the ball in his own net with just minutes to spare.
Captain Lascelles, though, had other ideas, rising highest to meet a Jacob Murphy cross and power beyond Emiliano Martinez to rescue a point for the hosts with virtually the last kick of the game.
The 27-year-old hailed his side’s fighting spirit before calling on his team-mates to ‘start winning games’ after a run of three consecutive draws.
Injury-hit Newcastle have been drawn into a relegation fight as the season has progressed
Captain Lascelles has called on his team-mates to ‘stick together’ for the season run-in
‘Over the course of the game I thought we were the better team,’ he told BT Sport. ‘We had the better chances and the one chance they had it’s a deflection that goes in. That’s hard to take, but I guess that’s football.
‘We kept fighting to the end. Jacob Murphy crossed it and I just went for it, and considering we were 1-0 down it’s a good point to take.’
‘It takes character and leadership and we’ve got to stick together. We’ve got a really tight group. Performances have been better, we’ve had three draws but we need to start winning games.’
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce remains convinced that his side will stay in the Premier League
The draw opens up a two-point buffer to 18th-placed Fulham with ten games remaining this season. Bruce remains unmoved in his view that his injury-hit side will hold onto their Premier League status come the end of the campaign.
‘The one thing you have to do is show desire and hunger to get back in it and we did that,’ he told BT Sport. ‘It was the least we deserved.
‘Still 10 games [to go], we are unbeaten in the last couple, albeit draws. We have got to show the same attitude and with big players around the corner in a couple of weeks that’ll be a big help and I’m still convinced that we will be okay.’
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