Hav­ing Toon faith­ful huge im­pact against

Sunday Sun - - Football - By Lee Ry­der Chief New­cas­tle United Writer lee.ry­[email protected]­plc.com

JAMAAL Las­celles has heaped praise on New­cas­tle United fans for call­ing off a boy­cott ahead of to­day’s clash with Wolves.

The club cap­tain says play­ers are fully fo­cused on de­liv­er­ing three points, but in­sists that the power of the Ge­ordie faith­ful should never be un­der­es­ti­mated and it can be a key fac­tor in keep­ing the club in the Pre­mier League this sea­son.

Las­celles could lead the team out this af­ter­noon af­ter re­cov­er­ing from a shoul­der in­jury to play his part in a cred­itable 1-1 draw at Ever­ton.

Now Las­celles has warned play­ers and fans can make the dif­fer­ence against a Wolves side on a high af­ter beat­ing Chelsea at Mo­lineux.

He said: “As play­ers all we are go­ing to do is con­cen­trate on foot­ball, that’s it.

“All we need to fo­cus on win­ning games – ev­ery­thing else is out of our hands.

“But the fans have been ex­cel­lent since I have been here.

“I know they are the best fans in the coun­try.

“Hav­ing them be­hind us makes a mas­sive im­pact but at the same time as play­ers we need to stay fo­cused on our job and con­cen­trate.”

The New­cas­tle fans who trav­elled to Good­i­son Park roared the fi­nal whis­tle as if it had marked a Pre­mier League vic­tory on Wed­nes­day night.

Las­celles said: “They are aware that the point was re­ally im­por­tant.

“They know it as much as we do as play­ers.

“We were cel­e­brat­ing like we’d won be­cause teams come to Ever­ton and strug­gle but we stood firm.

“It doesn’t mat­ter which teams go to Ever­ton they will find it a tough ground.

“We came here on the back of a de­feat and got a point on the board, but not just that, the way we con­ducted

New­cas­tle United man­ager Rafael Ben­itez (cen­tre) with New­cas­tle United’s Jamaal Las­celles (right) af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle

New­cas­tle’s Fred­die Wood­man

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