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Jamaal Lascelles – the world wrote us off but Man United were forced to revert to long ball tactics

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Jamaal Lascelles believes Newcastle United proved the world wrong by beating Manchester United at St James’ Park.

The 1-0 win over the Red Devils has earned Newcastle some global headlines in the aftermath of a great win on Tyneside thanks to Matt Ritchie’s winning strike.

Lascelles has urged his team-mates to keep their feet firmly on the ground, but admitted the victory was all the more sweeter as it silenced a few of the club’s harshest critics.

Lascelles, who was one of the heroes on the day, said: “They came here and everybody thought they’d beat us.

Newcastle United v Manchester United in a Premier League match at St James’ Park, Newcastle. Matt Ritchie of Newcastle United celebrates with team mates after putting his team 1-0 up. (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

“But we stuck to our game plan and the manager got his tactics spot on.

“From the start of the game until the end we were on the front-foot, we were aggressive and winning all the second balls.

“Individually and collectively we were at it from the start.”

Lascelles feels that Newcastle’s triumph over José Mourinho’s team was made better by the fact Man United ended up reverting to long ball tactics – something that was overlooked by the same critics who slated the Magpies for parking the bus against Man City recently.

Lascelles added: “They changed the way they were playing by the end.

“For the majority of the game they were trying to play through us, balls in behind, and one-twos.

“Because we scored the goal they ended up just lumping it forward.

“I thought our back four were excellent at clearing and the midfield were there to win the second balls.

“Everybody was fantastic and our goalkeeper kept us in it from the start.

“It is a massive three points but now we need to keep on building on it in the next few weeks.”

The win resulted in Martin Dubravka earning the man of the match award and while Lascelles felt his close pal Karl Darlow, who made some great saves against Crystal Palace just a week ago, was unlucky to be dropped, he was full of praise for the Slovakian.

The skipper said: “Darlow has been fantastic for us in the last couple of games and he has kept us in it and got points.

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