Further growing into his captaincy role, Newcastle United skipper Jamaal Lascelles has moved to praise the club’s support.
Eyebrows were raised when Rafa Benitez decided to hand the relatively inexperienced defender the armband in the summer, though the 23-year-old has barely put a foot wrong this term.
Clearly enjoying his standing in black and white these days, the ex-Nottingham Forest has waxed poetic about the Toon Army recently.
Following the news the Magpies had once again sold out their allocation for an away game, this time buying up all 6,580 tickets on offer for the game at Blackburn, Lascelles has reacted.
“Every away game, we get the same sort of reaction from the crowd”, he said (quotes sourced by the Shields Gazette.)
“They’re unbelievable. It does have a massive impact on us as players. We can hear it. Credit to them.”
It’s a refreshing state of play, with previous captain Fabricio Coloccini not being the most vocal, even when the club were hurtling to relegation under Steve McClaren.
Lascelles has vowed he and his teammates will never take the support for granted as they bid to make an immediate return to the top tier.
“We’re really thankful, and we’ll always give our all on the pitch. “Either way, 6,000 or 2,000 – they’re still loud.
“They keep singing. We can’t fault our fans. All we can do is keep putting in performances.”