Five things we learned from Newcastle v Huddersfield

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez

Newcastle lost their second game of the Championship season 2-1 to Huddersfield.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez

Newcastle were unable to claim their first victory of the season on Saturday, losing 2-1 to Huddersfield Town.

The Terriers took the lead through Nahki Wells on the stroke of half-time, but were pegged back by Dwight Gayle, who scored from the rebound of his own penalty in the 60th minute.

Going in search of a victory, Newcastle were hit on the break by Huddersfield, with Jack Payne providing the killer blow against Rafael Benitez's side with 10 minutes to go.

As Newcastle make it two defeats in two, and Huddersfield celebrate back-to-back victories, here are five things we learned about the Magpies from the Championship clash.

Jamaal Lascelles is struggling having been made captain

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez and Jamaal Lascelles during training

The 22-year-old was made captain by Benitez before the opening game, but has suffered a very difficult 180 minutes of football since taking the armband.

Lascelles couldn't deal with Fulham's Matt Smith last week, and was equally as poor against a different kind of opponent in Wells. The defender needs to find his form from the back-end of last season if Newcastle are to kick on.

Jonjo Shelvey holds the key

Newcastle's Jonjo Shelvey shoots

Shelvey was brought in to replace Jack Colback, and proved he is a more valuable asset than the former Sunderland man.

Although Shelvey's performance was quite the mixed bag, he showed signs that he could be the player that Newcastle need in the middle of the park. His passing and vision was missing against Fulham, and if he can find consistency in his game, he could be an important player for the Magpies.

Shelvey holds the key for Newcastle, he just needs to learn how to use it.

The Vurnon Anita experiment needs to end

Stoke's Bojan Krkic in action with Newcastle's Vurnon Anita as Daryl Janmaat (L) looks on

Despite spending most of his career in central midfield, as well as spending a lot of last season at full back, Vurnon Anita has been used on the right wing this season, with no return.

The Dutchman offers no attacking threat going forward, and did little to support Daryl Janmaat in defence, especially for Huddersfield's opener.

He even had a spell on the left of midfield, which was equally as poor. Newcastle have had no attacking purpose in their opening two games, and Anita out wide is part of the problem.

Dwight Gayle needs a partner

Crystal Palace's Dwight Gayle is dejected after losing the final

Despite opening his account in black and white, the Newcastle number nine desperately needs a strike partner. Gayle was feeding off scraps throughout, and will be counting down the games until Aleksandar Mitrovic's suspension ends.

The forward did his best with the limited service he got, but surely Benitez knows that he will get more out of his summer signing if he pairs him with another striker.

Newcastle need to adapt quickly

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez

For the second week in a row, Newcastle had another reality check. If they think they're going to walk this league, think again.

Yet again they were second best and can have no complaints. Huddersfield's performance had variety and resilience. In comparison, Newcastle looked unimaginative and frail.

Newcastle need to become meaner and more creative. These changes need to happen quickly, as the Magpies entertain Reading at home this Wednesday.

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