Newcastle star urges for calm

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Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles has urged fans not to get carried away after the Magpies good start to the new season.

Rafael Benitez’s side currently sit fourth in the Premier League table following three consecutive top flight victories, and while Lascelles says he is delighted with the start to the new campaign the defender has insisted the importance that both the players and the fans stay grounded.

“People will think we’re fourth and get carried away.” said the 23-year-old speaking with the Chronicle.

“It’s good to be happy and I am pleased for the team but at the same time, we do have a long way to go.

“I think the main thing for us, like last season, is to keep our heads down and work hard. We will keep listening to the boss.

“He will think the same as me, we know we have to prepare and keep working hard. We don’t want to get carried away and think that we are flying but that won’t achieve anything.

“We must stay humble and keep playing.”

Lascelles has been a key man for Benitez’s squad in recent weeks, scoring the winners against both Swansea and Stoke in the past two fixtures. Now tipped to be in Gareth Southgate’s next England squad, Lascelles says he is happy to have gotten his name on the scoresheet and hopes for more of the same in coming weeks, from himself and is team-mates.

“It’s always nice to play my part for the team. But again it was a great performance from the boys as a team against Stoke.

“Since the win over West Ham we have set a benchmark and we are looking to maintain and improve. That’s what we aim to do.”

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