Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles says the Magpies’ performances in their 5-0 hammering at the hands of Leicester City was ‘unacceptable’.
Steve Bruce’s men extended their winless run in the Premier League on Sunday evening as Jamie Vardy, Ricardo Pereira, Wilfred Ndidi all ran riot, with an own-goal from Paul Dummett adding to the scoreline as Newcastle fell to a humiliating defeat.
Their cause was not helped as Isaac Hayden was awarded a first-half red for a horrendous tackle on Leicester midfielder Dennis Praet but Lascelles insists that incident was not to blame.
Talking to Sky Sports following the match, he said: “It was terrible from the boys and we have no one but ourselves to blame. Leaking four goals even with 10 men is not good enough and it’s just not acceptable.
“I don’t think I’ve been here before where we’ve conceded five goals. We should’ve made it hard for them. Teams have been doing it throughout time, so it’s not good from us.
“It’s never happened like that. The boys do care, and having a man down is a disadvantage but we could’ve rolled our sleeves up and made sure they didn’t score again but we didn’t get into shape.
“It was nowhere near good enough. You should have a bit of pride in yourself and win your duels and battles. The simple things that you’re taught, we didn’t do.
“I don’t want to say that we gave up, but we need to sit down and look back at that as it is nowhere near acceptable. The gaffer won’t let us have our heads down too much, and we will need to let today go.”
Newcastle will aim to get back to winning ways next week as they tackle Manchester United at St James’ Park. The Magpies are at odds of 7/2 with Betfair to win the game.