Lascelles urges fans to stick with players after disappointing start

Newcastle's Jamaal Lascelles applauds the fans at the end of the match

The Newcastle United captain has pledged to put things right on Wednesday against Reading.

Newcastle's Jamaal Lascelles applauds the fans at the end of the matchNewcastle's Jamaal Lascelles has urged fans to stick with the players

In an interview with nufc tvJamaal Lascelles has urged Newcastle supporters to stay with the team despite their side's underwhelming start to life in the Championship.

The Magpies lost again over the weekend, this time falling short at home to Huddersfield Town, courtesy of a late strike by The Terriers' Jack Payne.

The Tynesiders were hoping to get their first points on the board after having lost to Fulham on the opening day of the season, but back-to-back defeats now leaves the much fancied promotion favourites joint bottom after an underwhelming start to the new campaign.

Huddersfield Town's Jack Payne celebrates scoring their second goal with teammatesHuddersfield Town's Jack Payne celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates

But club captain Jamaal Lascelles has urged the St James' Park faithful to get behind Rafa Benitez's side, assuring supporters of an improved display against Jaap Stam's Reading on Wednesday night.

"There's still loads of games to play. We can't start blaming each other and get our heads down - we've got to stay positive.

"We still need to gel together as a team and I'm glad the game's around the corner on Wednesday so we can get straight into that.

"I assure all the fans we'll put in a better performance out there; you've just got to stick with us because we are going to keep trying. The talent's there and we'll sort it out."

Newcastle United's Dwight Gayle celebrates scoring their first goal with Jamaal LascellesNewcastle United's Dwight Gayle celebrates scoring their first goal with Jamaal Lascelles

Newcastle United manager Rafael BenitezNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has a tough task to secure promotion

Newcastle fans were buoyed by the news in pre-season that Rafa Benitez had chosen to stay at the club after relegation from the top flight.

The decision meant a drastic change in fortunes for Champions League winning manager with Liverpool, having managed one of the world's biggest clubs in Real Madrid this time last year, to now overseeing the return of a fallen giant in England's second tier.

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